Education, Outreach, and Funding to Support Planning etc.
in Step: Engaging and Involving Stakeholders in Your Watershed (EPA, Jan.
This document builds on
an earlier guide called "Getting
In Step: A Guide to Effective Outreach in Your Watershed" (PDF,
5.3MB). This new guide provides the tools needed to
effectively identify, engage, and involve stakeholders throughout a
watershed to restore and maintain healthy environmental conditions.
Reports and Publications at River Network
River Network's Mission
is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.
They envision a nation whose rivers are cared for by those who use them
and live in their watershed. Their constituency is comprised of grassroots
river and watershed conservation organizations, public agencies, tribal
governments and coalitions, and other working to save freshwater ecosystems.
of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
The Catalog of Federal
Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database
of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available
to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.
publication of the Sierra Nevada Alliance is a fine introduction to
the mechanics of establishing and maintaining a local watershed council.
Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place
social systems can be key to successful environmental protection outreach
and education. The Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to
Understanding a Sense of Place is a flexible toolbox for understanding
the social dynamics involved in community-based efforts. Users will
learn about such things as local knowledge about community issues, the
language community members use, influential subgroups within the community,
historical trends in the community, environmental and other community
priorities, and other social factors. This information is crucial in
developing sustainable strategies for community participation and planning
regarding environmental protection.
There are many resources
available for local groups, group members and individuals to help you
in your watershed organizing, planning, implementation and monitoring.
Check out the pages below for useful information. To find information
about agency programs, etc. visit the CRMP
Council pages in this website.
Process & Meeting Resources
Organizations (that have useful websites)
environmental organizations, River Network has assumed primary responsibility
for building and supporting the river and watershed movement. River
Network takes the initiative to help others learn how to organize in
their local communities, and to provide tools and training they need
to be effective. Resource library, training programs, publications,
and small grants are some of the efforts available through this website.
The mission of its River Watch program is to help people collect, understand
and use information about the health of their rivers and the people
who depend on them.
Education & Training Program (CDFG)
The CDFG Watershed Education
and Training Program (formerly the Watershed Academy) provides government,
industry, and the public with education and training in the knowledge
and skills necessary to effectively assess, protect, restore, and enhance
watersheds and stream habitats that support salmon and steelhead trout
populations in California.
Watershed Stewardship Education Program (OSU Extension & Oregon Sea
WSEP works in collaboration
with other organizations, such as watershed
and water conservation districts (SWCDs), federal and state agencies,
and non-profit groups to meet the watershed education needs of Oregon
citizens and to help carry out the mission of the Oregon
Plan for Salmon and Watershed. The aim of WSEP is to increase the
capacity of watershed groups and community members to identify and address
water resource issues at local levels.
Know Your Watershed is a
coordinated national effort to encourage the formation of local, voluntary
watershed partnerships and help assure that these partnerships successfully
attain their goals. The national effort is coordinated by the Conservation
Technology Information Center (CTIC), a non-profit data and technology
information transfer center. Original watershed guides for watershed
planning and stakeholder outreach and useful links are some of the strengths
of this site.