Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium
Helping local governments meet requirements for stormwater education and public involvement

In Summary

The Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC) provides stormwater outreach and public involvement programs for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (SMS4s) in the Waccamaw River Basin and coastal watersheds along South Carolina’s northern coast in order to maintain compliance with requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II of the Clean Water Act. The member municipalities are the City of Conway, the City of Myrtle Beach, the City of North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown County, Horry County, the Town of Atlantic Beach, the Town of Briarcliffe Acres and the Town of Surfside Beach. Through the past program year (January 1 – December 31, 2015), the CWSEC successfully planned and delivered stormwater outreach and public involvement activities that addressed the target pollutants, audiences and behaviors that contribute to local water quality impairments.

South Carolina is currently in the second permit cycle of the Phase II stormwater general permit. CWSEC continues to strategically maintain the high level of compliance that it has achieved through the first five-year permit cycle. As a result, the CWSEC continues its primary goal to develop and implement effective, outcome-based stormwater education and outreach programs that will meet NPDES federal requirements and satisfy the environmental and economic needs of the Coastal Waccamaw region.

The following sections, Public Education & Outreach and Public Involvement, detail some of the activities completed by the CWSEC’s primary education providers in 2015. The stormwater awareness and water resource protection programs outlined, relate to compliance under Minimum Control Measure 1 (public education and outreach) and Minimum Control Measure 2 (public participation and involvement) of the NPDES Phase II program. It is a core objective of the CWSEC educators to help the member municipalities meet federal requirements under the Clean Water Act to teach citizens about stormwater pollution and involve the public in water resources protection.

More information on 2015 CWSEC activities and past annual activities can be found on the annual reports page.