The Practitioner's Toolkit for Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) was developed to help conservation organizations determine: what MCAs are, when MCAs can help abate threats to ocean and coastal species, habitats, and ecosystems, and how to plan and proceed with MCA projects. The major components of the toolkit are organized in a logical progression of ideas and phases: overview, field guide, field projects, country/region/state analyses, U.S. state maps, and resources.
This report summarizes the South Carolina's Changing Shoreline: Implications for the Future” workshop series results which was hosted by the S.C. Coastal Information Network during the fall of 2009. The educational/training needs for addressing shoreline change issues at the community level (in both the short and long term) in South Carolina are included in the report. This information was identified by community representatives during workshop breakout sessions.
The wetlands-at-risk protection tool, or WARPT, is a process for local governments that acknowledges the role of wetlands as an important part of their community infrastructure, and is used to develop a plan for protecting at-risk wetlands and their functions. The WARPT is recommended for all local governments (counties, cities, towns, boroughs, townships) because these entities have control over land use practices that ultimately determine the extent of indirect impacts to wetlands.
This study documents the economic impact of activities associated with South Carolina's natural resources. Above all, the study finds that the economic activities most clearly tied to the state's resource base (not including agriculture) sustain $30 billion dollars in economic impact when measured in terms of annual state output—the total annual value of goods and services associated with natural resources related business activities. This total state impact supports 236,000 jobs.
In July, 1988, the South Carolina Beachfront Management Act became law, and in 1990 it was amended. This law is a complex piece of legislation, requiring the use of scientific studies of coastal processes to establish precise building setback lines along the coast. In addition, the Act bans the future construction of seawalls, limits the size of buildings within the predicted erosion zone and adopts a policy of retreat away from the erosional beach.
Through the adoption of hazard mitigation planning practices, we can minimize the impact of hazards on people and the built environment. The State of South Carolina Hazard Mitigation Plan is designed to be a logical, information-driven plan that systematically identifies and guides the implementation of mitigation actions, including policies or site-specific projects designed to make South Carolina safer from the threat of hazards.
Stormwater ponds can reduce localized flooding and capture sediments that would otherwise be carried by surface runoff into receiving waters. However, their effectiveness in treating other pollutants associated with stormwater runoff is unclear. This report identifies continuing research and information needs, and outlines potential management implications. October, 2007.
The intent of this report is to provide a brief overview of key climate change impacts on the natural and built environments in marine and coastal North America and a review of adaptation options available to and in use by marine and coastal managers. This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey, inventory, and assess adaptation projects from different regions, jurisdictions, and scales throughout North America’s marine and coastal environments.
This guidebook is designed to help local, regional, and state governments prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.
Mitigation Planning How-To Guide #4 discusses how to implement the hazard mitigation plan. The implementation process puts the planning team's hard work into motion and focuses on the actions necessary to establish and maintain the effectiveness of the plan as a fundamental tool for risk reduction. This Guide leads you through the formal adoption of the plan and discusses how to implement, monitor, and evaluate the results of mitigation actions to keep the mitigation plan relevant over time.