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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

Low Impact Development is a strategy that can be used to maintain healthy coastal resources as the population grows. The ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERRs, the Center for Watershed Protection, and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium were funded through a NERRS Science Collaborative grant to create a Low Impact Development Guide for Coastal South Carolina, providing 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.

South Carolina citizens build oyster reefs and coastal resilience: South Carolina's ACE Basin NERR and Department of Natural Resources are working with local communities to combat shoreline erosion, reduce habitat loss, and restore oyster populations. Using a grant from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's Science Collaborative, the state team worked with 750 volunteers to select and construct two miles of oyster reef sites throughout fifty sites in the ACE Basin. Healthy oyster reefs protect water quality and stabilize shorelines. Not only has this project achieved substantial oyster reef habitat restoration, this collaborative approach has empowered a dynamic and energized group of community stakeholders as future stewards of ecologically-important natural resources.

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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