Savannah Valley District

Keeping Water Clean with Vegetated Buffers

Ellen Sturup Comeau, Water Resources Agent An Eroding Shoreline: Photo by Guinn Wallover With the summer’s heat, people all over Beaufort County flock to the County’s beautiful ponds, rivers, marshes, and beaches. This exciting waterfront lifestyle keeps the Beaufort County Water Resources Agent busy with site visits. While the specifics of the questions vary from […]

Irrigation – Never Too Late To Calibrate!

Becky Davis, Water Resources Agent- Savannah District Introduction – August in South Carolina may conjure up the start of school and football season, but there still may be hot, dry days in which your plants require additional water to yield the optimal benefits. Irrigation seems simple! Water plants the right amount at the right time. […]

Protecting Water with South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream

  Ellen Sturup Comeau, Water Resources Agent The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) co-leads the program with Clemson’s Center for Watershed Excellence. SC AAS volunteers sample local waterways monthly and collect vital physical, chemical, and biological data that complement local and state data. This data is made publicly accessible on the […]

We’re All Upstream

Photo credit: Katie Anne Callahan, Clemson

Becky Davis, Savannah Valley Water Resources Agent Spring is just around the corner and pond owners may find that weeds are already starting to emerge. If not managed early they can become a bigger problem as the temperatures rise. One question that an owner may have is, “why do the weeds keep coming back year […]

SC Adopt-a-Stream

Charly McConnell Greehthaler- Water Resource Agent As our fall temperatures decrease, making time outside more pleasant, take advantage of this time and get outdoors! One program that aims at doing just that is the SC Adopt-a-Stream (SC AAS) program. This citizen science program is a joint effort between SC DHEC and Clemson University, training volunteers […]

Soil Moisture Sensor Placement

Becky Davis, Water Resources Agent Properly irrigating crops with the optimal amount and timing can improve crop yields without causing runoff and loss of nutrients to ground and surface waters. However, before irrigating any plant or crop, information should be gathered to determine when it is necessary. This information a.k.a. data, can come in various […]

As Pond Problems Increase Along With Our Summer Temperatures

Charly M. Greenthaler, Water Resource Agent – Calhoun County As pond problems increase along with our summer temperatures, remember that we are always happy to help identify any problem weeds and make control recommendations. One to be on the lookout for is Blue-Green Algae. Blue-Green Algae, also known as Cyanobacteria, can range in color but […]

Flooding 411

Ellen Sturup Comeau, Beaufort Water Resource Agent Coastal flooding is a significant issue in South Carolina. There are currently 229,000 people at risk of flooding. Experts predict that the number will increase due to frequent major storms, rising sea levels, and other climate change-related issues. Many coastal residents experience flooding but do not understand its causes […]

Stay Grounded: Be Safe Around Electrical Systems on the Farm and in the Home

Rebecca H. Davis, Area Water Resources Agent Summer brings thoughts of vacation, hot days, and afternoon thunderstorms! During storms, the first concern is getting inside to keep dry. However, it is important to keep in mind that electrical storms can cause power surges which can damage equipment and cause personal injury and death by electrocution […]

Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners

Samantha Porzelt and Beatriss Calhoun – Water Resources Extension Agents On June 3rd, the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC) held the annual rain barrel sale at Gahagan Park in Dorchester County. Members of the Charleston Tri-County area had the opportunity to pre-order 50-gallon rain barrels from Ivy Rain Water Solutions. Rainwater Harvesting is a […]