4.9 Education and Communications

Goal 9 - Education and Communications

Enhance public participation and knowledge regarding District activities and provide informational and educational material to municipalities, community groups, businesses, schools, developers, contractors and individuals. 

Discussion

The District conducts an active strategic education and communication program watershed-wide to provide general information to various stakeholder groups in accordance with its five-year strategic education and outreach plan.  Targeted information will be necessary in the Christmas Lake subwatershed to educate these stakeholders as to the District's specific goals for this subwatershed, the actions the District plans to take, and their role in conserving water resources in the subwatershed.  The specific targeted messages will emphasize shoreline stabilization on Christmas Lake and volume control in landlocked drainage areas.

Desired Outcomes: Stewardship over water resources by residents of the subwatershed to assist District activities and supplement other goals.

Metrics:  Telephone survey.

Goal 9.1 - Christmas Lake

Provide focused education and outreach opportunities within this subwatershed to supplement the general education and outreach program and assist in the achievement of these subwatershed goals.

Actions

  1. Develop and distribute targeted written material to stakeholder groups (e.g., residents, shoreline property owners, developers) explaining the need for shoreline stabilization and stormwater volume management and providing strategies that each stakeholder group can employ to assist in meeting these goals.
  2. Sponsor educational events such as for LGU staff, developers, elected and appointed officials, shoreline property owners, and other interested parties to provide practical information and opportunities for sharing experiences.
  3. Prepare and distribute timely news releases to coincide with education efforts to inform the public of BMPs and other District actions that affect them directly.

Goal 9.2 - Christmas Lake

Provide participation and outreach activities to increase awareness of water and other natural resources within the subwatershed.

Actions

  1. Work cooperatively with the Christmas Lake Association.
  2. Recruit and train volunteers to monitor aquatic vegetation in Christmas Lake on an ongoing basis.

Goal 9.3 - Christmas Lake

Work cooperatively with other agencies and groups to coordinate education and outreach efforts to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize resources.