Waccamaw Elementary awarded sixth rain garden project

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Waccamaw Elementary School is the recipient of the sixth rain garden project established through Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC).

The school has been awarded more than $4,200 from the Carolina Forest Wal-Mart to install a rain garden on the campus at 12:30 p.m. on March 18.

Waccamaw fifth graders will have the opportunity to plant native, coastal South Carolina plants, and spread mulch throughout the garden.

The rain garden is a type of stormwater best management practice designed to collect runoff water from impervious (hard) surfaces. The Waccamaw Elementary garden, constructed by Horry County Stormwater Department, is located within the school's front parking lot.

 All of the projects are funded through regional Wal-Mart stores, with the majority of the award going toward educational resources for the school, such as a weather station, water quality monitoring equipment and other hands-on activities associated with teaching the importance of watersheds and human impacts on local water bodies

Earlier this week, two CCU undergraduate, environmental education interns taught the fifth graders about stormwater runoff and solutions to this type of pollution such as rain gardens. CWSEC partners will continue to provide information on watersheds and stormwater pollution to be incorporated into the school's curriculum.

For more information, contact Karen Fuss, coordinator of the CWSEC and environmental educator with CCU's Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, at 843-349-4058 or kfuss@coastal.edu.

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