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Past Examples of How We Work:

Sustainable Planning for the ACE Basin Region

This effort provided local stakeholders with a better understanding of the changing human activities and socioeconomic conditions in the Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto (ACE) Basin region, and specifically in Colleton County. This project integrated local knowledge and secondary data to develop a land-use planning approach to address the challenges of preserving the natural and cultural resources, while promoting economic development in the ACE Basin region. A user-friendly educational land-use planning tool was produced from this research effort to facilitate sound land-use decision-making by promoting quality growth and sustainable development. The tool provides the user with a framework and data sources to conduct a community profile, create a socioeconomic atlas, inventory natural resources, and identify appropriate management strategies that collectively serve as a valuable mechanism for the collection of appropriate data needed for a comprehensive plan.

Sustainable Land Use Planning Tool (pdf 4.8mb)

Linking Land Use and Coastal Ecosystems

The South Atlantic Bight Land Use – Coastal Ecosystem Study (LU-CES), a multidisciplinary research program initiated by SC Sea Grant with funding from the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program, has generated information on direct cause-and-effect linkages between population and development trends and their impacts on the region’s salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystems. Extension staff were responsible for disseminating LU-CES information to coastal decision-makers, including the preparation of non-technical summaries of LU-CES research results for inclusion in the Springer-Verlag book, Land-Use Change in the Coastal Zone: Managing Environmental Quality in Rapidly Growing Regions.

Southern Passages: Atlantic Heritage Coast Corridor

Representatives from Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina forged a visionary concept for a regional economic development initiative to attract tourists off the beaten path to explore the cultural, historical and natural resource riches and wonders along Highway 17 and A1A between St. Augustine, Florida and Georgetown, South Carolina. As part of the Southern Passages Steering Committee for South Carolina, we have been assisting in the implementation of the plan and have contributed to the development of the state’s Southern Passages web pages, which highlight the historic, cultural, and recreational features and special events for each community.

Infrastructure Investment Project

The Infrastructure Investment Project is a model for how infrastructure investments can be made regionally for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness. A systems analysis approach incorporates social, economic, and environmental elements into infrastructure investment decisions. The project is a partnership between Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, the Lowcountry Council of Governments, University of South Carolina (USC) Center for Environmental Policy, USC Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the S.C. Coastal Conservation League.

"Smart Growth"

"Smart Growth" is an idea that is catching on around the state. In 1998, the SCSGEP held a workshop for the Charleston metro region's planning commission members. The focus: how to use both social and physical sciences to plan effectively for growth. The workshop led to development of a water quality education program for local elected officials, now being implemented statewide.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Office of Coastal Resource Management and the S.C. Council for Conflict Resolution have begun a pilot project to employ mediation in permitting disputes. The SCSGEP is assisting by identifying scientists who can provide expert information to help resolve conflicts.

S.C. African-American Heritage Guide

Sea Grant partnered with the S.C. African-American Heritage Council, S.C. State University, and S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to develop and distribute 40,000 copies of a map guide that provides a brief history of African-American influence in the Lowcountry. The guide locates important African-American cultural and historical places, and highlights African-American-owned businesses.

Coastal Growth-Related Links

Coastal Growth Related Publications

Last updated: 10/19/2015 11:03:58 AM
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