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Stay updated about Partnership events and learn tips for reducing stormwater pollution. Thank you for helping to protect the health of our local waterways, and please share this newsletter with others!

Upcoming Events


Master Rain Gardener: Register today!



Clemson Extension is excited to offer “Master Rain Gardener,” a course focused on rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation. Rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems assist residents with flood and erosion management and establishment of backyard habitat. 

 

As part of the Master Rain Gardener program, participants will learn about:

  • Rain garden site assessment
  • Soil analysis
  • Design standards and elements
  • Plant selection
  • Maintenance and more

 

Participants will also spend time learning about rainwater harvesting system sizing, component considerations, water use and safety measures. The program includes four weeks of online learning modules with hands-on learning exercises. Master Rain Gardener course offers a Letter of Completion Track (online classroom only) and a Certification Track (online classroom, field session and exam). Class begins October 8th


Please visit clemson.edu/raingarden for more information and register HERE! Any questions can be directed to Kim Morganello, Water Resources Extension Agent at kcounts@clemson.edu.


IECA Field Day

October 11 * Greenville, SC


The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter will be hosting the 11th Annual Training and Field Day on Thursday, October 11. This year's field day will be held at the NEW TRI Environmental Research Facility at 112 Martin Road, Greenville, SC close to Lake Conestee Nature Park. They are currently in the process of putting the agenda together with technical sessions in the morning and field demonstrations in the afternoon. APCSP is a sponsor, so all of you are eligible for a discounted rate.


Register online here


Post-Construction BMP Inspector



Register now for the Fall 2018 offering of the Post-Construction BMP Inspector course! The online course runs from mid-October through early December, and there is an in-person field day on 10/28/2018 at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC.


The Post-Construction BMP Inspector course helps train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting inspections and performing maintenance on post-construction stormwater management practices. Topics covered include wet and dry ponds, stormwater wetlands, bioretention and infiltration practices, manufactured devices, swales and buffers, permeable materials, rainwater harvesting, and others.


To learn more and register, visit the course page.


For more information about microbial source tracking using qPCR and to learn how to submit a sample, click here.


Highlights & Spotlight

As a community, we can make a difference!


New Display at Pickens County Museum


Stop by the Pickens County Museum of Art & History and you'll see a new, interactive display all about stormwater. Learn what watershed you're in, where stormwater goes, and what you can do to protect our state's beautiful rivers and lakes. You'll also be able to give us your two cents; write down your ideas and pin them to the bulletin board to share with the next museum visitor!


Duke Energy Stream Clean-up


Thank you to the Duke Energy volunteers that came out to help clean up litter from the Little Eastatoe Creek !


14 bags of litter were removed from the creek and the volunteers got to do some water quality testing with Clemson Extension agents.


SC Adopt-a-Stream Training


13 new Chemical and Bacterial volunteers were trained on September 14th!


With the help of these amazing volunteers, we can work to monitor and protect our SC waterways.


Thanks to our municipal partners!


Questions or comments? Please contact us!


Rachel Herold Davis

Water Resources Extension Agent

Pickens County

herold@clemson.edu


Charly McConnell

Water Resources Extension Agent

Clemson University

charlym@clemson.edu


Kaleigh Sims

Water Resources Extension Agent

Anderson County

kcsims@clemson.edu

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