Public Education and Outreach

Learn about the public outreach and education efforts for the Ipswich Targeted Watershed Project.

Overview

Rainwater harvesting participants learn about environmentally friendly landscaping techniques
Rainwater harvesting participants learn about environmentally friendly landscaping techniques

Purpose:

  • Increase awareness of flow-related problems in the Ipswich River watershed and the impacts of development and water withdrawals on the watershed
  • Educate stakeholders on the low-impact development (LID) and water conservation techniques being demonstrated through the grant
  • Share the results of data collection and analysis from the demonstration projects and the USGS modeling effort

Details:  Outreach efforts included developing and distributing education materials, delivering workshops and presentations, providing site tours and signage, convening participant meetings, and holding an educational forum for legislators.

Outreach Materials: DCR and its project partners developed a variety of educational materials, including project fact sheets, fliers, signage, and a project web site. The Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA), a key partner in outreach efforts, developed a Water Wise Municipal Handbook highlighting 20 tools that municipalities can use to protect water supplies, manage stormwater, preserve open space, educate residents, and restore the Ipswich River. 

Workshops and Presentations: DCR and project partners delivered presentations on the low flow conditions in the Ipswich River and the demonstration projects and the techniques highlighted under the grant at approximately 30 local meetings, academic and policy symposia, technical workshops, and professional conferences over the course of the grant period. 

Site Tours: Tours of the demonstration sites were held during the grant period for municipal officials and boards, interested citizens, advocates, regulators, engineers, consultants, developers, and students. On June 9, 2009, more than 100 people participated in a full-day presentation and tour of the LID Subdivision (Project #1), the Green Roof (Project #2), and the Silver Lake LID parking lot and neighborhood demonstration projects (Projects #3 and 4).

Technical Assistance:  In partnership with DCR, the Ipswich River Watershed Association provided technical and planning assistance to citizens and municipalities in the Ipswich River Watershed over the grant period in areas related to LID and water conservation, including: stormwater bylaws, LID drainage solutions, conservation-oriented water rates, water conservation programs, environmentally-friendly landscaping techniques, pollution remediation and ecological restoration.

Grant Participant Events: In June 2008, project coordinators held a Raingarden Maintenance Work Day with residents in the Silver Lake neighborhood where the raingardens were installed, to educate them about the function of the raingardens and introduce them to the maintenance needed to keep the gardens attractive and functioning.  Residents were able to pick from a variety of plantings to spruce up the raingardens nearest their homes.  In spring, 2006, 2007, and 2008, project coordinators held gatherings for residential participants in the rainwater harvesting and weather-based irrigation control programs to provide program information and receive feedback from participants

Greenscapes Program: In cooperation with a coalition of North Shore organizations and the Massachusetts Bays Estuary Association, IRWA launched Greenscapes North Shore, a campaign focusing on environmentally friendly landscaping.

Legislature Educational Forum: On November 4, 2009, DCR and the Ipswich River Watershed Association hosted a forum for Massachusetts legislators and staff to inform and educate them about the grant-funded projects, to share results from the five years of studies funded by the grant, and to stimulate discussion about issues affecting Massachusetts watersheds.

Partners: Ipswich River Watershed Association and partners for each of the nine demonstration projects.

Neighborhood residents help add additional plantings to Silver Lake neighborhood rain gardens, while learning about long-term rain garden maintenance, June, 2008
Neighborhood residents help add additional plantings to Silver Lake neighborhood rain gardens, while learning about long-term ra
Tour participants learn about the LID Subdivision, June 2009
Tour participants learn about the LID Subdivision, June 2009

Feedback

Did you find the information you were looking for on this page? * required
We use your feedback to help us improve this site but we are not able to respond directly. Please do not include personal or contact information. If you need a response, please locate contact information elsewhere on this page or in the footer.
Tell us what you think