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

Public Involvement

Community Cleanups

Engaging citizens in community cleanups has been and continues to be effective at involving the general public in protecting water resources and reducing stormwater pollution. CWSEC educators coordinate several river and beach sweeps each year to provide concerned citizens with an opportunity to improve the condition of local water resources. Several tons of litter are removed from water courses each year by the volunteers at these events. Educators also encourage recycling programs and support local efforts to dispose of hazardous materials responsibly by coordinating events with sanitation departments and waste authorities.

  • Waccamaw River cleanup in Conway
  • Spring 2011 Waties Island Beach Sweep.
  • Spring Greening Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority
  • Georgetown High School Environmental Studies classes and Jr. ROTC adopted Morgan Park (Winyah Bay/Sampit River) in Georgetown and conducted monthly cleanups throughout the school year; cleanup data shared with International Beach/River Sweep (also part of “Green Steps” project).
  • Volunteers with the Waccamaw Riverkeeper Program regularly schedule litter cleanups on the Waccamaw River.
  • Assisted with handling materials at Georgetown County Household Hazardous Waste Day in Murrells Inlet.

See more at the annual reports page.


some stormwater management concepts are best taught through demonstration, especially how to design, construct and maintain structural best management practices such as rain gardens and rain water harvesting systems. CWSEC educators have taken demonstration projects to the next step by involving the target audiences in the actual construction or implementation of the installation project. In this way, demonstrations and installations of stormwater best management practices can engage the public in a manner that gives them a chance to participate in water resource protection. AT some projects, educational signage has been placed to provide continued education. While these demonstrations serve primarily as teaching tools, these projects also provide a tangible, long-term benefit to stormwater management at the host site.

  • Installed shoreline buffer/bog garden with educational signage.
  • Floating Wetlands and Shorescaping demonstration site in Palmetto Glen HOA.
  • Floating Wetlands and Shorescaping demonstration site at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach.
  • Rain garden installation at Homewood Elementary.

See more at the annual reports page.

Volunteer Monitoring

The CWSEC views volunteer monitoring as a critical part of its mission. Not only does it engage citizens in water resource protection, it also bears valuable information that helps the CWSEC evaluate changes in surface water quality and direct its outreach strategies. Volunteer monitoring also encourages grass roots advocates for clean, usable rivers and beaches to be intimately involved in the public protection of water resources.

  • Partnership project with Georgetown County Service Over Self Youth Volunteers and SEWEE Association to monitor water quality on the Pee Dee River and the Sampit River.
  • Surfside Beach Volunteer Monitoring Program launched in June 2010. Volunteers recruited, trained and implemented monitoring.
  • Since June 2008, four teams of 15 volunteers have been measuring water quality bi-weekly at eight sites in the Murrells Inlet watershed. The science plan for the MI monitoring program has the following goals: (1) Identify hot spots on land that are significant sources of polluted runoff to the Inlet and (2) Provide baseline data that will document improvements in water quality as stormwater management activities are implemented.
  • Water Quality Monitoring at various locations along the Waccamaw River in SC.

See more at the annual reports page.