How the Watershed Education Program can help you
Working with local leaders and experts, University of Minnesota Extension Watershed Education Program educators help communities develop a coordinated education and outreach plan to reach watershed citizens and stakeholders while simultaneously meeting the goals and obligations of the watershed approach framework. By increasing understanding of local water resource planning, protection, and improvement, communities are empowered to meet their clean water goals.
The Extension Watershed Education Program offers physical and biological science education and assistance with stakeholder involvement, planning, and policy development.
Specific learning experiences that are offered include topics such as:
- Basics of watershed hydrology
- Lake and river systems
- Urban and rural runoff
- Best management practices
- Aquatic invasive species
- Use of native plants to improve water quality
- The role of citizens in watershed planning and Best Management Practices implementation
Extension educators are committed to working with community leaders to holistically address the issues specific to their watershed.
State and Federal agencies support a watershed approach for addressing water resource issues within areas bounded by geographic features such as topography rather than political boundaries such as county lines. The program takes the same approach when providing assistance to local community leaders by providing education to foster an understanding of water resource issues on a systems level. Program staff work with municipalities, counties, nonprofit groups, and natural resource professionals to adopt watershed based planning, policy, and practices.
Watershed Education Program educators can help community leaders identify their community's specific learning needs, as well as develop and deliver the appropriate customized training. They can also assist in promoting collaboration with other local leaders and agencies within a watershed.