Several Watershed Management Organizations (WMOs) in the West Metro area meet periodically as a Joint Education and Outreach group to collaborate on water resources education and outreach activities. This informal group grew from an initial collaboration of the Shingle Creek, West Mississippi and Bassett Creek WMOs to include the Elm Creek WMO.
Vision: The West Metro Water Alliance (WMWA) is a collaborative group working to create educational opportunities to protect and improve water resources. Mission:
The mission of the WMWA is to improve water resources through education and outreach by:
Identifying and implementing common education and outreach strategies to promote consistency of messages;
Pooling resources to undertake activities in the most cost-effective manner; and
Promoting interagency cooperation and collaboration
The group operates with staff support provided by Shingle Creek WMO consultants Amy Juntunen and JASS, and Diane Spector from Wenck Associates. Hennepin County Environmental Services, Three Rivers Park District and the Freshwater Society also provide support to WMWA as partners. The Shingle Creek WMO serves as the group’s fiscal agent.
WMWA has developed a West Metro Education and Outreach Plan, intended to provide details on joint activities and to provide a framework that the participating organizations can use to develop or refine their own education and outreach plans. The actions in the West Metro Education and Outreach Plan are based around the education and outreach requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s General Stormwater Permit. The following is a summary of the goals set forth for this Plan:
Provide a guide for WMOs and communities to focus their educational efforts;
Identify partnerships and opportunities to work within Hennepin County on joint educational programs;
Develop a centralized list of available information regarding water resources issues; and
Present one common, usable document for all participating communities and
WMOs to help them deliver a common message to the general public.
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