Aquatic Science Programs

The Aquatic Science Programs (ASP)  resides in SC DHEC’s Bureau of Water. The purpose of the ASP is to use transparent and valid science to assess water quality and aquatic resources of the state, provide information to decision makers, and educate the public in a straightforward and easily understandable manner.  Areas of focus for the ASP include ambient water quality monitoring, harmful algal blooms, fish consumption advisories, beach monitoring, benthic macroinvertebrates and special (targeted) assessments. The ASP team conducts year-round sampling across South Carolina and continually strives to improve water quality monitoring programs by producing high-quality data. On this page you can find technical documents, special study reports, and standard operating procedures produced by the Aquatic Science Programs, some in collaboration with outside partners. Keep up to date with ASP through their yearly Newsletter!

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Technical Reports

Beach Monitoring


Fish Tissue  

Water Quality  

Harmful Algal Blooms

Standard Operating Procedures

Yearly Newsletter 



Questions about the Aquatic Science Programs can be directed to Bryan Rabon at: