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WRWP | Education and Outreach
The Outreach committee will be charged with increasing awareness of the White River Watershed Project and structural and non-structural best management practices in our local community.

Presentations on the Context and History of the WRWP:
Speaking engagement schedule for the 2011 calendar year. Engagements involve regional organizations and groups that have an interest in public service – especially those related to soil and water conservation. It should be emphasized that we are not limited our presentation to conversation groups. We should speak to any community organization that is willing (within reason). The committee should develop a list of WRWP steering committee members that are willing to speak at these events and provide them with materials and training to execute them. The committee will make all arrangements on behalf of the speakers.


WRWP Earth Team Program

The core of the WRWP educational program is the Earth Team Service learning curriculum that spans 12 months and features stormwater education. Each month participants learn about a best management practice related to stormwater management and tour structural BMPs. These individual presentations can also be given to local groups and at community events when desired. the following is a list of presentations that the WRWP is willing to give on behalf of your organization or as part of the Earth Team program.

Program participants will meet one day a month for 2 hours and engage in either a service project, learning program, or combination of both. Topics will cover urban, rural and river water conservation. Participants will learn how to be ‘stormwater managers’ of their own properties (residential, commercial, or governmental) and the larger community, tour local water infrastructure and conservation projects, and engage in existing community-wide volunteer efforts.

The objective is for participants to gain a broad understanding of conservation issues and have fun working together towards greater health in our community. The objective is to create a “team” of both learning and volunteering urban/rural conservationist that can begin to teach others about conservation and build community via practical hands on water and natural systems management. Alumni from the program are encouraged to join other community organizations and continue their involvement with future WRWP NRCS Earth Teams.

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WRWP | Demonstration Sites
Demonstration Project Tours (and other relevant tours)
The Committee with develop a tour schedule for the 2011 WRWP Calendar year. The purpose of these tours is to get interested Community Members into the field and observing previously installed Demonstration Projects and other cost-share BMPs (those that have landowner permissions). These tours should be modeled off the District Showcase Tour.
Trade Show Events

Committee Members will work to develop a tradeshow event schedule for the 2001 calendar year. These events should be in Delaware and Randolph counties – and other opportunities should be considered when they arise. The committee will develop a “traveling display booth” that can easily be setup and broken down with minimal physical demands. The committee will make arrangements for the WRWP to be present at these events and arrange for these events to be staffed by WRWP steering committee members.

Public Input Meetings

Public input meetings are important part of the Watershed Planning Process. Gettign the concerns of the community give us leads for pursuing formal scientific studies of these issues and help broaden our understanding of larger watershed dynamics.

Costshare Promotion
We will meet with small groups of people interested in how our cost-share program can aid in the implementation of best management practices.

Workshops

Pollution Prevention
Workshop on the combined needs of both pollution prevention and drainage. The Delaware County Surveyor and drainage Board were encouraged to attend and take part in the development of this workshop. 

Lawn Management
lawn management workshop to educate the public on suburban/residential water quality issues

Erosion Control
erosion control workshop to with the Muncie Sanitary District for developers, contractors, and the construction community.

Urban BMPs
workshops focusing on the benefits of installing urban BMPs.

Rain Barrel s
rain barrel workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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