Educating stakeholders for involvement in watershed planning and management

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Conference Proceeding

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This project seeks to mobilize and educate watershed residents and other stakeholders to participate in the activities of a local watershed council. The council's objectives include addressing existing and potential sources of non-point source pollution, restoring sections of stream already impacted, and developing and implementing public education programs related to non-point source pollution. The underlying strategy of the education program is to engage stakeholders in social interaction and discourse on watershed issues, as well as in activities that promote the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills necessary for sustainable watershed planning and management. Critical tasks are mobilizing stakeholders for participation in the project, ensuring fairness and competence in the participatory process, and evaluating the project outcomes for guidance of future education projects. Specific activities include goal formulation, information dissemination, simulation model building, scenario analysis, monitoring, and assessment. Copyright ASCE 2004.

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Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001