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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2015

RE: S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or
susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org

Charleston, S.C.—S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2015 in the College of Charleston President’s boardroom, 66 George Street, Charleston, S.C. Items on the agenda include discussion of the agency’s FY2016-2017 state budget request; revision to the Consortium’s Indirect Cost Policy; the Consortium’s visioning exercise; an update on the agency’s program performance, impacts and accomplishments; and reports on new agency studies and initiatives. In addition, the Board will be hosting members of the National Sea Grant College External Review Team during the meeting. Election of the next Consortium Board Chair will also be held.

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its eight member institutions. Current board members are: Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources (Board Chair); Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. James P. Clements, president of Clemson University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Dr. W. Franklin Evans, interim president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2015

RE: 2014 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Call for Nominations
Contact:
Barbara Neale, (843) 953-0245 or nealeb@dhec.sc.gov

Columbia, S.C. – The state of South Carolina is seeking nominations for an award to recognize individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through June 12, 2015.

The S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 21st year, was established by the S.C. General Assembly during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.

Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee. In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment.

Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

The 2013 Environmental Awareness Award winner Joseph R. Hamilton was honored for his efforts in wildlife conservation. He is the founder of the Quality Deer Management Association.
 
Previous winners of the Environmental Awareness Award include:
2013 – Joseph R. Hamilton, Founder of the Quality Deer Management Association
2012 – Thomas Kester, Chairman and Treasurer for the Conestee Foundation
2011 – Dr. Patricia J. DeCoursey, Professor of Biological Sciences at USC
2010 – Frank S. Holleman, III, President, Naturaland Trust
2009 – Dr. Fred Holland, Coastal Ecologist, Charleston
2008 – Benjamin Ziegler, Chairman, Pee Dee Land Trust
2007 – Dr. Richard Porcher, Jr., Professor Emeritus, The Citadel
2006 – Rick Huffman, Founder, South Carolina Native Plant Society
2004 – John L. Knott, Jr., President, Noisette Company, North Charleston
2003 – Burris Family, Owners, Cypress Bay Plantation Tree Farm, Beaufort
2002 – Dr. Jack Turner, Director, Watershed Ecology Center, USC
2001 – James D. Elliott, Jr., Founder, South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey
2000 – Dr. Dave Hargett, Conservationist, Greenville
1999 – Kenneth Strickland, Environmentalist, Florence
1998 – Yancey A. McLeod, Jr., Environmental Educator, Eastover
1997 – Brad Wyche, President, Friends of the Reedy River, Greenville
1996 – Beaufort County Clean Water Task Force
1995 – Dr. Whitfield Gibbons, Senior Research Ecologist, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
1994 – Marion Burnside, Chairman, S.C. Department of Natural Resources
1993 – Dana Beach, Executive Director, S.C. Coastal Conservation League
1992 – Rudy Mancke, Naturalist, S.C. Educational Television
 
Nomination guidelines and application forms are available by contacting Barbara Neale, at (843) 953-0245 or nealeb@dhec.sc.gov. A copy of the application form can be accessed at http://www.scdhec.gov/Agency/NewsReleases/2015/nr20150505-01.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2015

RE: Drop Off Unwanted Gear During Clean Marine April 24-26
Contact:
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org
EV Bell, (843) 953-2078 or ev.bell@scseagrant.org

Charleston, S.C.— The public is invited to drop off unwanted fishing and boating gear during the Clean Marine disposal days April 24-26 at nine boat landings in Charleston County. Clean Marine is made possible by a $143,344 grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and is part of a marine debris initiative that also includes removal of abandoned vessels in Charleston Harbor. Partners involved with the grant are S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Charleston County, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, the City of Charleston, The City Marina and many community organizations.

The disposal locations are:
   •    Charleston City Marina, Lockwood Blvd., Charleston
   •    Wappoo Cut landing, HWY 171/Folly Rd., James Island
   •    Folly River landing, Folly Rd., Folly Island
   •    John P. Limehouse landing, Main Rd., Johns Island
   •    Cherry Point landing, Cherry Point Rd., Wadmalaw Island
   •    Dawhoo landing, HWY 174, Edisto Island
   •    Remley’s Point landing, 5th Ave. off Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant
   •    Cooper River Marina, Juneau Ave., N. Charleston
   •    Robert L. Ashley landing, Pinckney St., McClellanville

Dates and times are:
   •    Friday, April 24 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
   •    Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
   •    Sunday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The following items can be dropped off at any of the disposal locations: fishing gear, including monofilament line, nets, fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, anchors, crab traps and floats; boating gear, including ropes, bumpers, life jackets, buoys and coolers; boat motors (drained of oil and gas); boat batteries; trailer tires; and hazardous household waste, including oil, paint, thinners and solvents (each in a separate sealed container).

Volunteers will be on-site to assist the public with the disposal, separate recyclables and inventory collected items.

In addition, boats and trailers can be taken directly to Bees Ferry landfill for free disposal on Friday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A “Disposal or Change of Address for Watercraft or Outboard Motor” form will be available at each disposal site and also can be downloaded from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) website at www.dnr.sc.gov. The form must be filled out and submitted to SCDNR.

Items that cannot be dropped off at the disposal locations are gasoline, flares, explosives, firearms and commercial grade hazardous household waste, such as 10 gallon or larger buckets of paint or solvents.

For more information, contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2078, ev.bell@scseagrant.org or visit the Clean Marine website at www.scseagrant.org/cleanmarine.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2015

RE: SCDNR Director Taylor Elected Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Contact:
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org
     
Col. Alvin A. Taylor
Charleston, S.C.— Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has been elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. Taylor began his one-year term on January 1, 2015.  “I look forward to my term as chairman of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium,” said Taylor. “The Consortium’s work is important to our state, and it is a pleasure to work with such an impressive board and outstanding staff.”

Taylor serves as the chief administrator for natural resources in the state with a staff of over 900 in numerous locations across South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1976 with a B.S. in zoology. He completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in Yorktown, Va., in 1976 and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977.

“I very much look forward to working with Col. Taylor this coming year as chair of the Consortium’s Board of Directors,” said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. “His leadership and many years of experience working on natural resource and economic development issues in the state will be invaluable to the Consortium’s work in meeting the information needs of our diverse constituencies.”

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board are: Col. Alvin A. Taylor, board chair and executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. James B. Clements, president of Clemson University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Thomas J. Elzey, president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.


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