Tag Archives: Environmental Affairs

Celebrate Earth Day with DHEC

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. This year’s Earth Day theme is “invest in our planet”. We are on this planet together and together we can invest our time, energy, and effort, to protect and preserve this planet we call Earth for ourselves and future generations.

As citizens of the Earth and South Carolina, we can actively invest in our planet by:

Participating in Citizen Science projects/programs. These projects/programs are something you can do year-round. Citizen science is when people collect data through observation of the physical world and report it to the scientific community. They range from global efforts such as the Great Back Yard Bird Count to local programs such as SC Adopt a Beach and SC Adopt a Stream programs.

Learn more about South Carolina’s environment by participating in local state park programs and events. State Park programs and events cater to all ages and interest from the mountains to the sea, including interpretive nature walks, interactive exhibits, and other outdoor adventures. 

Some things you can do to invest time, energy, and effort, around your community and in your own yard include:

To learn more about what you can do to celebrate Earth Day, visit DHEC’s Make Every Day Earth Day webpage.

DHEC Provides Tips for Ozone Forecasting Season

Spring is here and that means the return of the ozone forecasting season, which for South Carolina is April 1st through September 30.  

As it heats up in the Palmetto state and we drive our vehicles, the exhaust mixes with other pollutants and contributes to ground-level ozone in our atmosphere. Under certain conditions, ozone levels can be high enough that an “Ozone Action Day,” or “orange day” alert, is issued. High levels can adversely impact people who are sensitive to ozone pollution, especially children, the elderly, and those with breathing problems.  

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DHEC Celebrates International Women’s Day, March 8; Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some amazing women in Team DHEC who help us achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities.

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February 2 is World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day, and it’s a great day to learn about South Carolina’s beautiful wetlands and their importance. The state’s marshes and swamps are not only a natural heritage attraction for visitors, but they also play a critical role in ensuring a healthy watershed and environment.

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