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Coastal Training Program

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) aims to provide science-based training to coastal decision-makers and to increase collaborative networking opportunities within the coastal area. By offering scientific information and skill-building training sessions, the CTP ensures that coastal decision-makers have the knowledge and tools they need to address resource management issues concerning local communities.

Attendees from CTP workshop review regional map


**NEW**
The ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves, the Center for Watershed Protection, and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium are pleased to announce that they have been funded through a NERRS Science Collaborative grant to develop a Low Impact Development Manual for Coastal South Carolina. This two-year project aims to provide local decision-makers with stormwater engineering specifications, land use planning resources, and site design practices that are tailored to the conditions of the South Carolina coast. Project partners will be collaborating with a variety of intended users throughout the development of the manual. Check this page for information about the project as it progresses: http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/LID/

**NEW** An interdisciplinary team led by South Carolina’s ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) has received a grant from the NERRs Science Collaborative to reduce coastal erosion, build community resiliency, improve water quality, and protect habitats through the creation of oyster reef-based living shorelines. The team will use the Collaborative Learning method to engage community leaders, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to identify priority oyster restoration sites within the ACE basin, establish a project advisory committee, and recruit a volunteer program to construct the reefs and monitor the success of the restoration efforts.

The ACE Basin CTP is now an approved program provider for the SC Planning Education Advisory Committee.  South Carolina Code requires the formation of a State Advisory Committee on Educational Requirements for Local Government Planning or Zoning Officials and Employees.  Unless expressly exempted, every locally appointed official and professional employee must attend a minimum of six hours of orientation training and annually attend no fewer than three hours of continuing education.  By being an approved program provider we can now offer continuing education credits for planning commission and zoning board of appeals members, as well as planning staff for counties and municipalities. 

 

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