Town of Surfside Beach officials and citizens received professional
guidance and instruction on important environmental issues facing their
community recently at a training session led by the Coastal Waccamaw
Stormwater Education Consortium. The workshop gave officials a deeper
understanding of the health and environmental implications of nonpoint
source pollution (stormwater runoff) and helped them prioritize the
implementation of the municipality's stormwater management plan.
The four-hour training session is being offered free to area municipal
governments by the Consortium, a cooperative organization formed earlier
this year in an effort to address stormwater issues and maintain the quality
of the region's water resources.
Agencies that made presentations at the workshop included staff from
Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy, S.C. Sea Grant
Extension and Clemson Extension, and North Inlet-Winyah Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program.
The Town of Surfside Beach was the first governmental body in the region
to host the workshop, which is tailored to the needs of the specific
municipality or location.
For more information, contact Karen Fuss, environmental educator for
Coastal Carolina University's Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and
Wetland Studies, at 349-4058.