Keep Dorchester County Beautiful gets recognition

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Provided Keep Dorchester County Beautiful Board Members in Picture: Rita May Ranck, Debbie Polk, Lisa Hamilton and Melanie Hughes

The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium signed a joint resolution during a ceremony at Memorial Waterfront Park Monday May 5, 2014 to renew a regional stormwater runoff-education strategy. The commitment began in July 2008 to protect local water resources. The Ashley Cooper consortium is working with representatives from 13 county and municipal governments to renew a commitment to tackle stormwater issues on a regionalbasis.

Keep Dorchester County Beautiful among others throughout the Tri-County were recognized for their important role in waterway protection education. Carolina Clear’s and Ashley Cooper consortium’s goal is to minimize polluted runoff by educating the general public; youth; and residential, commercial and government officials about how they can keep water in the state’s streams, rivers and beaches as clean as possible.

Katie Giacalone, statewide coordinator of the Carolina Clear program, said “The AshleyCooper Stormwater Education Consortium, through numerous education partnerssuch as the College of Charleston, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the Keep America Beautiful local affiliates, allows the initiative to reach a much greater audience than any of the communities working alone,” Giacalone said. “We are far more effective as collaboration than we can be as individuals.”

The Ashley Cooper consortium is a regional collaboration involving Clemson University’s Carolina Clear program in partnership with communities and educators from universities, state agencies and nonprofits.

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