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

History

In 2004, local education and training providers in the northeastern coastal region of South Carolina recognized the need for a regional collaboration of stormwater education efforts. Approaching training and education efforts at the watershed scale is important for creating partnerships and achieving results that yield truly regional, rather than site-by-site, progress towards stormwater and watershed management goals.

To do this, the following representatives of local organizations convened to form the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium:

  • Jeff Pollack of the North Inlet Winyah Bay Coastal Training Program
  • Susan Libes of Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy
  • Cal Sawyer of Clemson University’s Carolina Clear Program
  • Hamp Shuping of the Waccamaw Riverkeeper┬« Program


These education service providers convened a small group of decision makers from local municipalities to assess their need for watershed-related educational activities and to evaluate the utility of a regional approach to stormwater education. With great interest and agreement, the consortium has since expanded to include additional education and training providers, and has engaged members from local municipalities to participate as a way to help them meet federal stormwater requirements for public stormwater education and outreach and illicit discharge detection. A complete list of education providers and member municipalities can be found on our members page.

Program activities for CWSEC have greatly diversified and grown since it began in 2004. The Consortium conducted a needs assessment in December 2009 followed by strategic planning sessions to prepare for future stormwater requirements. Current CWSEC educational outreach activities include: stormwater education presentations and workshops for local officials, property and home owner associations and property management companies, and pre-K through college students; development of outreach materials on stormwater best management practices; billboard and television public service announcements; and professional and technical assistance for each community. CWSEC continues to also grow its public involvement and participation projects which include: river, beach and community cleanups; regional storm drain marking and data collection program; and volunteer water quality programs.

For more information on CWSEC strategic planning: