Water Education for Communities & Local Officials


 Factsheets on public involvement

The following factsheets can be used to help you conduct Public Involvement activities. These activities will be the cornerstone to your strategy.

Adopt-a-Stream – a volunteer program in which participants help to care for a water body through study, clean-up, and restoration.

Block Leader Programs – a neighborhood level program in which citizens are taught to teach their neighbors about stormwater issues.

Buffer-Wetland Plantings – an activity that enlists volunteers to help local governments with in-the-ground work of planting riparian and wetland buffers, thereby fostering local ownership of the project.

Citizens’ Group / Watershed Organization – a diverse group of citizen volunteers who are representative of the community, as well as local government staff, which incorporates community ideas and resources into stormwater management decisions and actions.

Community Hotlines – a dedicated phone line and/or website where concerned citizens can contact the appropriate authority with water resource concerns and ideas.

Focus Groups / Community Interviews – methods for gathering information from a targeted audience.

Septic Socials – neighborhood level activities whereby important septic system information is conveyed.

Stakeholders – a cornerstone of all public involvement, stakeholders are people who influence or are influenced by water resources decisions.

Stream Cleanup Day – an activity which involves volunteers in walking or paddling a waterbody, collecting trash, and recording information.

Storm Drain Marking – an activity which involves volunteers in labeling storm drains to educate the public that stormwater flows into creeks.

Surveys – a method for learning how the public perceives water resource problems and management, helping you to plan a better stormwater program while meeting the needs of your community.

Volunteer Monitoring – an organized group of citizens that can collect water resource data from a local water body, encouraging involvement as well as fostering education.