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

Volunteer Opportunities

CWSEC is committed to furthering its education and outreach efforts by promoting community service programs and volunteerism. These service projects provide opportunities for people of all ages to join in on activities to learn more about stormwater pollution prevention and to become more involved in the protection of the watersheds where they live, work and play. Here, you will find ideas for community service projects in your local area, along with details about how you can get involved with each project or how you can start your own.

Service projects sponsored by CWSEC also give member communities ways to fulfill state and federal stormwater permit requirements for NPDES Phase II Minimum Control Measure 2 (Public Involvement) permit requirements.

River Cleanups

Cleanups that focus on trash removal in our local rivers, streams and wetlands are sponsored by local organizations. For a listing of local river cleanups sponsored by the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, please go to http://www.winyahrivers.org/.

Beach Sweeps

The Grand Strand of South Carolina includes miles of beaches. CWSEC hosts beach cleanups on an undeveloped, barrier island north of Cherry Grove called Waties Island. Waties Island is partially owned by Coastal Carolina University and is accessible when accompanied by CCU staff or faculty. Please check this website for upcoming beach sweeps.

Water Quality Monitoring

The Waccamaw River Volunteer Monitoring Program involves volunteers who participate in twice monthly water sampling at several locations along the Waccamaw River. Volunteers help to establish water quality information for the Waccamaw River and assist the local municipalities with meeting their NPDES Phase II Minimum Control Measure 2 permit requirement for public involvement. This program is an initiative of Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy and the Waccamaw RiverkeeperĀ® Program. For more information on the program, go to http://www.coastal.edu/wwa. To volunteer, contact the Waccamaw Riverkeeper at http://www.winyahrivers.org/.

Phytoplankton Monitoring

The Grand Strand Master Gardener Association, in cooperation with Clemson Extension Service, is actively sampling five sites along the Grand Strand for phytoplankton each week. The MG Association is a group of local Master Gardeners who teach the general public proper, environmentally-safe gardening techniques. This group is very concerned about water quality issues and members who become trained by NOAA staff use their knowledge to educate the public on the fact that our coastal waters are full of microscopic flora and fauna that can be affected by actions in our landscapes. To date, 3 previously undiscovered (in SC) species were confirmed through the work of Gary Forrester and his monitoring team.

Storm Drain Marking

Storm drain marking promotes public awareness about the transport of various types of pollution directly into the local waterways. This pollution includes litter, yard debris, oil, fertilizer and pesticides, sediment, and other harmful contaminants. Storm drain markers serve as a reminder for practices and behaviors that reduce water pollution, and improve the quality of the water. Marking engages school, business, and community volunteers in cooperation with local stormwater departments to secure markers near high visibility storm drains. Once a location has been selected, the volunteer group participating is given an educational PowerPoint presentation, followed by a hands-on activity using the EnviroscapeĀ® watershed model. While volunteers mark storm drains, they also collect important data that is shared with the local stormwater departments. If interested in getting your group involved in storm drain marking, contact Lisa Swanger at lswanger@coastal.edu or 843-349-2839.