State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010NY137B
Title: The New York State "Master Watershed Steward" Program
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: 22
Focus Categories: Education, Management and Planning, Non Point Pollution
Principal Investigator: Broussard Allred, Shorna
Federal Funds: $ 0
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 52,921
Abstract: Watershed-based planning and management is an approach to environmental management that is designed to address declining waterbody and watershed health by combining public and private efforts to address water quality and quantity issues. Using a watershed management approach to remediate water resource issues can be very effective but watershed organizations face many challenges that impact their ability to successfully reach water quality and quantity goals. Key challenges faced by some watershed organization leaders and volunteers throughout New York include sustaining funding, recruitment and retention of volunteers and staff, continued leadership and technical skill development, outreach and organizing tools, and understanding community and social dynamics. There exists a range of capacities of watershed organizations in New York. With this proposal we intend to develop the "New York Master Watershed Steward" program to strengthen the local capacity for successful watershed management across the state. While the details of the program curriculum will be informed by the needs assessment, we anticipate the following components being included: 1) a 3-5 month training that includes 2-3 face-to-face sessions with distance learning activities throughout, 2) a volunteer watershed project that trainees would design and carry out, 3) mentoring and networking tools, and 4) mid-term and post-training evaluation.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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