South Carolina Coastal Information Network
 
Partners and Links

The South Carolina Coastal Information Network emerged as a result of a number of coastal outreach institutions and constituencies working in partnership to enhance coordination of the coastal community outreach efforts in South Carolina. The Network partners include the following federal and state agencies, regional government agencies and private organizations seeking to coordinate and/or jointly deliver outreach programs.

 
 
 

ACE Basin CTP, SC Department of Natural Resources
The Coastal Training Program (CTP) of the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) serves a diverse community of professionals through services including trainings, workshops, meeting facilitation, and technical assistance. The CTP audience includes elected and appointed officials, local planners, state regulatory staff, engineers, architects, consultants, and others involved in making decisions that influence coastal resources. Some of the topics these groups have identified as priorities include coastal growth and development, storm water management, water resource conservation, habitat protection, and community planning. The CTP shares current science on these topics, increases understanding of the environmental, social and economic consequences of human activities and facilitates coordination between stakeholders. By providing local, science-based information and tools the ACE Basin CTP helps coastal decision makers make more informed and confident decisions for the benefit of ecosystems including human communities.

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Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium
The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium is a partnership between communities (MS4s), universities, agencies, and non-profits working together to implement a regional, watershed-scale stormwater runoff education program in the Charleston urbanized area. The effort was spearheaded in the Charleston region by Clemson University’s Carolina Clear Program and is modeled after the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium. Participating communities include the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester; and the municipalities of Charleston, Folly Beach, Hanahan, Isle of Palms, Lincolnville, North Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, and Summerville. Education partners with Carolina Clear include: SC Sea Grant Consortium and Extension, College of Charleston—MES Program, SC DNR-NERRS ACE Basin Coastal Training Program, SC DNR-Soil and Water Conservation Districts, SC DNR-SCORE Program, Lowcountry Earth Force, Michaux Conservancy, and the Spirit of South Carolina.

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B-C-D COG
As one of South Carolina's 10 Regional Planning Councils, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments' primary objectives are to assist local governments develop local and regional plans within the tri-county region, as well as providing local governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality of life in the region. The BCDCOG accomplishes this by providing it's member governments with technical assistance in a variety of fields, including economic and community development, comprehensive planning, statistical information gathering and analysis, and water resource management. In addition, the COG's board of directors provides a forum for local leaders to find common goals and determine a course for the entire region.

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Carolina Clear
Carolina Clear is a comprehensive approach developed by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater. This statewide water quality program addresses the special significance of South Carolina’s water resources and the role they play in the state’s economy, environmental health, and overall quality of life. The program is designed to assist communities impacted by a new US Environmental Protection Agency mandate to manage polluted stormwater and any group, industry, or individual committed to natural resource preservation.

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Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA)
The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) program is 1 of 11 NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science & Assessments (RISA) teams, working to integrate climate science into decision-making processes and improve society’s ability to respond to climatic events and stresses. CISA conducts applied climate research in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders across the Carolinas, including federal, state and local agencies, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, tribal communities, and the private sector. The purpose of CISA’s coastal climate work is to provide tailored, decision-relevant information to coastal communities and decision makers about the implications of climate variability and change and strategies to increase resilience to those impacts. Team members work directly with communities to address needs related to waterfront management, sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, natural hazards, and community planning.

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Clemson Extension
As a land-grant university, Clemson is part of a national system created by the U.S. Congress to improve the quality of life for citizens in every state through teaching, research and outreach. While faculty members teach Clemson students, the university’s statewide network of Public Service Activities (PSA) conducts research and outreach programs to improve the quality of life for citizens in South Carolina. Clemson PSA programs, including Clemson Extension, develop and deliver impartial science-based information in five areas that align with the national land-grant university system and touch the life of every South Carolinian. Those areas are: Agrisystems productivity and profitability, Economic and community development, Environmental conservation, Food safety and nutrition, and Youth development and families.

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Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium
The Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC) comprises education providers who are represented by various academic, non-profit, and state organizations, and members from local municipalities in Horry and Georgetown Counties who are represented by their staff such as public works and stormwater management personnel. CWSEC education providers conduct education and outreach programs throughout the region to help member municipalities satisfy federal stormwater (EPA Phase II NPDES) requirements for public education, and public participation and involvement. The education providers also design specific training programs related to stormwater for the members and their fellow staff.

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Hollings Marine Laboratory
The Hollings Marine Laboratory is the product of a long-term joint project agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, SC Department of Natural Resources, College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina. This unique partnership allows basic, applied and biomedical research expertise to provide support and biotechnology applications to sustain, protect and restore coastal ecosystems, emphasizing linkages between environmental and human health. The Hollings Marine Laboratory brings researchers together to work collaboratively on factors that affect the health of coastal waters and humans who live in or visit the coastal zone.

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Lowcountry COG
Established in 1971, the Lowcountry Council of Governments (often referred to as LCOG) is a public agency that serves the four-county area of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. As part of the LCOG’s mission, the agency is an advocate for regionalism and a connection between those local governments and certain state and federal agencies. Organizationally, the LCOG resembles a public-sector consulting firm, serving as a resource for twenty-five local governments. The LCOG is governed by a thirty-two member board of directors appointed by participating local county and municipal governments. The agency operates a number of regional programs categorized into four broad areas including community and economic development, workforce development, planning, and aging. While the LCOG has no taxing authority, it receives annual dues from each county and a state appropriation, both based on population. This seed money is leveraged into an annual budget of more than $6 million through federal, state and local contracts for service and programs such as Area-wide Water Quality Management, Workforce Investment Act, grants development and administration, SCDOT multi-modal transportation planning, EDA revolving loan fund, and HUD affordable housing.

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Mount Pleasant Stormwater
The Mount Pleasant Stormwater division, part of the Town of Mount Pleasant Public Services Department, is committed to improving stormwater services and maintaining the health of its surrounding water resources. Through its NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) program, the Town engages in a variety of activities to identify, detect, and eliminate potential sources of stormwater pollution in Mount Pleasant. As a designated MS4, the Town has developed a stormwater management plant that focuses on six minimum control measures, including: public education, public involvement, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction, post-construction, and municipal activities. By working with the community and local partner agencies in these areas, the Stormwater division works to preserve the quality of life and natural resources in the growing Mount Pleasant community.

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NOAA-Coastal Services Center
Guiding the conservation and management of the nation's coastal resources is the primary function of the federal government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This goal is accomplished through a variety of mechanisms, including collaborations with state and local coastal programs. NOAA's Coastal Services Center, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, provides these organizations with the latest in data, technology, information, and coastal management strategies. A complete list of products and services is available from www.csc.noaa.gov.

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North Inlet-Winyah Bay CTP
The North Inlet-Winyah Bay CTP Program (CTP) is a national initiative among the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) to provide science-based information, tools, and training to coastal decision makers in order to foster stewardship of coastal resources. A coastal decision maker is anyone whose professional choices impact the health of coastal resources or habitats. Examples of CDMs include local planners, municipal staff, county council members, developers, and engineers. CTP programs include training workshops, hands-on demonstrations and field visits, as well as individual technical assistance to help decision makers incorporate innovative knowledge and technology into their daily professional lives. Program topics vary widely, from low impact development to developing model stormwater ordinances, but all relate to more responsible and sustainable coastal living and growth.

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S.C. Department of Archives and History
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is an independent state agency whose mission is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State. The department is the caretaker of the South Carolina Archives, a collection of more than 325 years of historical documents recording the rich and diverse history of the people and government of South Carolina. The agency’s mission extends to encompass historic preservation, history education, records management and records conservation.

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S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is a state agency that, through a program of research, education, extension, and training, enhances economic opportunities and conservation of coastal and marine resources for South Carolina citizens. The agency is affiliated at the federal level with the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, a partnership among the federal government, state government, and academia administered by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office. One of 32 programs in the country, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has 8 member institutions including universities and state agencies and is administratively linked to the state’s Cooperative Extension Service. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium mission is to apply university-based research and technologies to issues relating to the responsible use of coastal resources. The S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program (SCSGEP) is a joint outreach effort of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. Through collaborations and partnerships the S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program provides science-based information and/or direct technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and groups related to the following program areas: Aquaculture; Coastal Hazards; Coastal Business & Economics; Coastal Environmental Quality; Marine Fisheries; Coastal Processes; Coastal Climate; and Coastal Communities.

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SCDHEC-Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: The DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC-OCRM) protects and enhances the State's coastal resources by preserving sensitive and fragile areas while promoting responsible development in the eight coastal counties of South Carolina. DHEC-OCRM Program Goals and Objectives include: • Implementing the Coastal Zone Management Plan to manage wetland alterations, stormwater and land disturbance activities, certify all federal and state permits and direct federal actions and all alterations of tidally influenced critical area lands, waters and beaches. • Preserving sensitive natural, historic and cultural resources through regulatory oversight and guidance. • Providing technical expertise to coastal decision-makers to resolve complex coastal management issues. • Encouraging low impact and alternative development to preserve water quality and environmental integrity. DHEC-OCRM offices are located in Charleston, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach.

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ULI South Carolina
The ULI South Carolina District Council was formed in 2005 to encourage dialogue on land use and planning throughout this state and within each of the three main regions (Upstate, Midlands, Coastal), and to provide tools and resources, leadership development, and a forum through which the state can become better connected. The District Council is led by an Executive Committee with statewide and regional representation, as well as steering committees within each region that focus on the development of membership, sponsorship, programs and Young Leaders activities. With over 600 members, ULI South Carolina is committed to bringing together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and serve community needs.

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USDA FS, Center for Forested Wetlands Research
The Center for Forested Wetlands Research is an interdisciplinary unit whose program is designed to develop, quantify and synthesize ecological information needed to sustainably manage and restore the structure, function and productivity of wetland-dominated forested landscapes. The Center is an integral component of the Watershed Sciences Unit (SRS-4353) within the Southern Research Station’s Watershed Science Program. The Center's work is conducted under the basic tenets of forest sustainability, and is intended to provide the data and tools necessary for managing forested wetland landscapes to sustain ecosystem functions, goods, and services for future generations. Specific applications are focused on issues associated with climate change, carbon cycling, bioenergy and landscape functions. The relevance of the research is regional, national, and international, although it is derived primarily from work in the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States.

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USGBC-SC
The South Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which operates in the four regions of the state. The Chapter works closely with the U.S. Green Building Council and ands its Chapters across the country to promote green building education. The mission of the Chapter is to transform the way buildings and communities in South Carolina are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Their vision is that buildings and communities in South Carolina will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

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Waccamaw Regional COG
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, a regional agency serving county governments, municipalities, and citizens of Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties, offers a wide variety of planning, economic development and social services to aid in the orderly growth and development of the area. The Council provides in-depth assistance to local government serving as the technical planning staff for numerous planning and zoning commissions, assisting in securing and administering grant funds for local projects and services, coordinating varied social services for the economically deprived. Waccamaw Regional’s professional staff is engaged in four basic areas of activity: planning; economic development; human resources; and finance. The agency is organized into four separate departments according to those activities.

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