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 Educational Tools to Advance Onsite Management in Coastal South Carolina
Lisa M. Hajjar, Josh Boulware, Dan Burger, Calvin B. Sawyer, and Clifton H. Roberts
Item Number: NRL2006AC-31
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Price: $20.00
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC-OCRM) took on the role of developing educational tools for onsite septic system management in order to satisfy requirements for gaining federal approval of the state’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. The tools were developed in a stepwise fashion in that each tool built on the other. The process for developing the tools included
professional development of staff as needed, evaluation of existing tools outside of S.C., surveys of and collaboration with stakeholders, and pilot projects to demonstrate the need for or success of a particular tool. The record-keeping folder, fact sheets, and Coast-A-Syst septic chapter are tools developed to educate homeowners. The folder is distributed with every septic system permit issued. A Realtor workshop on coastal regulations that includes a section on wells and septic systems is another outreach tool for the layperson that has reached over 500 realtors in eighteen months. An inspection pilot project on a barrier island led to the development of an Inspector training workshop. This was followed by a septic system ordinance development pilot project that focused on local governments. All of these tools have culminated in the development and distribution of an Onsite Septic System Management Tool Kit CD for Local Governments. With a release date of May 2006, the effect of this management tool on advancing onsite management in coastal S.C. will be monitored and evaluated to determine the interest in and level of involvement by local governments for managing septic systems.