Where to Go for Help Finding the resources you need to develop a watershed plan and support a sustainable watershed organization Presented by: Angie Brown and Linda Schmidt IDEM Watershed Specialists 1/7/2009 1
IDEM Watershed Specialists Angie Linda Kathleen Bonny Steve
Watershed Specialist Areas Angie Brown 317-234-3405 Bonny Elifritz 317-234-0922 Kathleen Hagan 317-233-8801 Linda Schmidt 317-233-1432 Steve West 317-233-8905
Our Mission • Assist local watershed groupsthrough technical and outreach resources • toachieve sustainability, • toprotect existing water quality resources, and • todevelop plans and restoration projects in an effort • torestore impaired watersand attain water quality standards thoughout the state.
Sustainability • Characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. ➜ ∞
Some Elements of Sustainability • Vision and Momentum • Clear vision • Mission with goals • Organization-Members/volunteers • Marketing- Community support • Funding- How much do you need • BMP Installation- Follow-up
Vision and Momentum • Watershed Inventory – mapping, existing data, characterization • Measuring Progress (environmental, administrative indicators, including baseline) • Predicting and improving participation (social indicators)
Group Dynamics/ Organization • Conflict Resolution • How to Run a Meeting • Group Structure/Board recruitment • Decision-making processes • Volunteers • Meeting space • Refreshments • Nonprofit incorporation/ tax info
Marketing • Social Marketing (what kind of marketing actually changes people's behavior?) • Media contacts • Marketing methods • Branding • Annual reports to the public • PSAs
Funding • Grants • Donations • Membership information • Bequests • Projects • Administrative overhead • Staffing • Sources of in-kind match
BMP Implementation • Target stakeholders in critical areas • Types of BMPs • Promote BMPs • Permits • Design, engineering, and installation • Tell the story
Small Group Activity Resources for watershed group scenario: • What should this group do first? • What resources will this watershed group need to move forward? • Who could they ask to help identify organizations or individuals that could help? • Which agencies, institutions, groups, individuals in the community or watershed have the expertise to help?
Wrap-Up • Partnerships are the key to survival • When in doubt, ask a Watershed Specialist • Questions?