CLEMSON — The Clemson University Extension Service’s pollution prevention and watershed protection program has received a national award. The Universities Council on Water Resources honored the Carolina Clear program with council’s 2014 Education and Public Service Award.

The award recognizes significant contributions to increase public awareness of water resources development, use or management in the biological and social sciences. Carolina Clear director Katie Giacalone accepted the award presented at the Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Change conference at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

“Carolina Clear merits the 2014 award based on its Cooperative Extension Service activities in stormwater management,” said Christopher Lant, the council executive director, who presented the award. “With a basis in research in how people respond to conservative program elements, Carolina Clear’s approaches to local action are worthy of emulation.”

Clemson Extension’s Carolina Clear program is a comprehensive approach developed to educate and involve communities and the public in pollution prevention and watershed protection.

“The award honors all our partners and the public, which has worked so hard to help South Carolina make sure it has the clean and sustainable water resources needed for our future,” said Giacalone. “I am delighted and grateful that the council recognized our work.”

Carolina Clear works alongside more than 30 South Carolina municipalities and counties, as well as several dozen partners, including higher education institutions, state agencies, nonprofits and schools. It offers information and training in rainwater harvesting, rain garden installation, shoreline restoration, stormwater pond management and more.