Port Royal Sound Foundation Awards $40k in Grant Money For Research on the Port Royal Sound

Okatie, SC – In 2021, the Port Royal Sound Foundation (PRSF) announced their first Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide grant money to researchers and organizations developing additional information or programs regarding the waters of the Port Royal Sound, the lands and watersheds around the Port Royal Sound, the culture and history of the Port Royal Sound area, and the lives of the plants, animals and humans that have been or are an important part of this special place. PRSF strives to be the leading authority and advocate for the Port Royal Sound, providing and supporting education, research, and conservation initiatives to preserve it.

The Port Royal Sound Foundation is excited to announce the first round of researchers being supported by a combined total of $40,000 in grant money:

  • Eric Montie, MS, PhD, Associate Professor of Marine Biology for University of South Carolina-Beaufort for Dolphin Monitoring in Port Royal Sound
  • Tye Pettay, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences for University of South Carolina-Beaufort for Establishing a Continuous Environmental Monitoring Station in the Chechessee River
  • Stephanie Rossi, Planning Director for the Lowcountry Council of Governments for defining a method to categorize marsh typologies, accretion, elevation and health for use in restoration techniques

PRSF looks forward to growing their grants funding program and further facilitating this expansion of our knowledge in the future.

The researchers and projects chosen for funding directly support the mission of PRSF – to preserve the Port Royal Sound for the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area. The Port Royal Sound covers 50% of Beaufort County and is at the center of our Lowcountry lifestyle, saturating not only the salt marshes and mud flats on the island coasts, but also the history, art, economy, recreation, and culture of the area.

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