Watershed Worker Friendship Tour Training
To work with a team of partners including the Center for Small Towns, Extension, the WCRSDP and the MPCA to develop a pilot workshop for watershed workers that helps local watershed project staff learn about effective civic engagement techniques and methodologies which in turn lead to greater support for proposed clean water standards. Once the training has been held, student interns will work with local watershed workers to implement ideas and techniques learned at the workshop.
Center for Small Towns, CURE, Land Stewardship Project, Stony Run Woods, Earthrise Farm, Valentino's American Restaurant, Java River Café, City of Montevideo, Chippewa River Watershed Project, Lac qui Parle River Watershed Project, Yellow Medicine River Watershed Project and the Pomme de Terre River Watershed Association.
- Designed and implemented a 2 day workshop to teach and train Friendship Tour Methodologies. (October 2011)
- Trained student interns and made them available to local clean water projects.
- Worked with the student interns to engage several new constituencies.
- Demonstrated Friendship Tour style meetings and events.
- Generated widespread media coverage of the events.
We have succeeded in influencing the way the MPCA holds TMDL information meetings - this was a major hoped for outcome. They now will incorporate more Friendship Tour-style approaches and have asked for our help in designing and implementing meetings with the public.
One of the participants in the Watershed Worker Course, Joe Hauger, has now been asked to be a lead speaker for the agency when talking to the public about TMDL meetings.
We have succeeded in building support for more Friendship Tour style approaches to civic engagement in the Chippewa, the Pomme de Terre, the Lac qui Parle and the Yellow Medicine River Watersheds.
We have built a broader community of interaction around successful civic engagement approaches.
5,000Last updated 10-7-2011