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Waccamaw Library Seminar: “After the Flood: The Protective Role of Wetland Connections”

Join us for a seminar at the Waccamaw Neck Library on Monday, October 22nd.

In the immediate wake of Hurricane Florence, now is the time for Horry and Georgetown County residents to understand the significance of wetlands in mitigating flooding. On Monday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. in DeBordieu Auditorium, Dr. Dan Hitchcock, an expert on forested wetlands hydrology with Clemson University’s Institute of Coastal Ecology, will give a presentation, “After the Flood: The Protective Role of Wetland Connections,” during which he will discuss the crucial role of wetlands in diminishing the negative impacts of flooding in our coastal area and provide a science-based explanation of flood map predictions. There will be time for audience questions and community discussion. The Waccamaw Library is located at 41 St. Paul Place in Pawleys Island. The event, which is free and open to all, is supported by GeorgetownRISE (Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, Education).

Dr. Hitchcock is Associate Professor with Clemson University, who is stationed at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science located in Georgetown. His areas of expertise include forest, wetland, and urban hydrology, natural water treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, low impact development (LID) design, and ecological engineering. His research projects range from the investigation of coastal forested wetland hydrology and water quality benefits to evaluations of ecologically based technologies for sustainable water use and conservation. Dr. Hitchcock received both his Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia and his B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Botany from the University of Tennessee. Dan lives in Pawleys Island with his wife Joy, and in his spare time, he enjoys paddling and exploring the waters of coastal South Carolina.


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