On a day when an environmental mishap has closed a main artery of Clemson, word comes of a new effort in Pickens and Anderson counties to gauge the publicâ€™s awareness of water-quality. Specifically, one question a survey seeks to answer is, â€śDo you know what happens to local rivers and streams if lawns are over-fertilized or motor oil is washed down storm drains?â€ť Carolina Clear, Clemson Universityâ€™s stormwater pollution education and awareness program, will undertake phone surveys in the next four weeks to learn the publicâ€™s understanding about water quality and the effects their actions can have on it. The goal of students asking the questions will be 400 surveys designed to last no longer than 15 minutes. â€śWhether we know it or not, we all generate polluted runoff,â€ť said Katie Giacolone, Carolina Clearâ€™s coordinator. â€śFrom not picking up after our dogs to coolant that drips from our car, stormwater is people pollution and we all can play a meaningful role in keeping South Carolinaâ€™s waters clean.