Auburn University Water Resources Center + Alabama Cooperative Extension Water Program
Alabama Watershed Stewards at Auburn University works to collaboratively improve the health of waterbodies and provide a platform for the exchange of problems and solutions through local support networks. We offer both educational outreach and on the ground projects that encourage the adoption of water management strategies that benefit the community, the economy, and the environment.
Watershed planning is a voluntary integrated approach to addressing water quality problems by considering the watershed as a whole. These one-day in person workshops introduce the process of watershed planning for communities as a voluntary way to plan for a community’s water future and gain opportunities for project funding.
Who should attend: Community leaders, municipal officials, planners, watershed coordinators, environmental groups, interested citizens.
What you’ll learn:
What you’ll do: Listen to presentations from others in the region working on watershed planning and work with local community members on identifying opportunities you’re your own watershed.
How it works: Taking a watershed approach represents awareness that restoring and maintaining our waters requires participation by both public and private sectors, where citizens, elected officials, and technical personnel all have the opportunity to participate. Watershed plans outline a long term plan for improving a community’s water quality, and many people have roles to play in doing so. This voluntary integrated approach mirrors the complicated relationships in which people live, work and recreate in the watershed, and suggests a comprehensive, watershed-based and community-based approach is needed to address these.