New Date Nov 7 – Source Water Protection Webinar on Local Planning Activities Rescheduled

Register now for the webinar entitled, “Successful state agency efforts to support and coordinate with local planning activities,” that has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 7th from 1:00 to 3:00pm (eastern).  The original October 30 webinar date was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.  This webinar is the third in the series of five free webinars from the Enabling Source Water Protection team, led by The Trust for Public Land and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, with support from the River Network and ASDWA.  During the webinar, participants will learn about three distinct approaches to engaging local governments in the protection of drinking water sources. How these programs have evolved (and are evolving) is especially relevant to other states hoping to create their own mechanisms for rewarding land use decisions that protect drinking water and other natural resources.  The speakers and agenda topics are as follows:

  • Maine:  Andy Tolman of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will describe the Saco River Corridor Commission, its role in protecting drinking water sources, its structure and membership, and how it operates. He will also describe the state’s shoreland zoning, and its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ohio:  Sandra Kosek-Sills of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission will provide an overview of Ohio’s Balanced Growth Initiative, which was created as a way to help local governments work together to plan for growth and natural resource protection.  The program has two parts, a planning program and a series of 16 best practices. The watershed-based planning groups are in areas where land use change is occurring.  Their work is completely voluntary, but completed plans are eligible for special incentives in related programs.
  • North Carolina:  Amy Axon and Jay Frick of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources will tell us about two new initiatives for the source water program. The first is the state’s new Source Water Collaborative, describing who is on it, how they work together, and how projects that support local planners fit into the group’s larger agenda. The second initiative is the Greater Triangle Stewardship Program, a group that was created by citizens working with developers and local governments (and now state government) to recognize developments that protect and enhance the natural environment and existing communities.
  • We will then wrap up with a discussion about the advantages of each approach, and lessons learned on how to work with local planners.

 

You must register (or re-register) for this webinar separately, as your registration will not carry over from the previous date.  Please go to the online registration link at:  www.asdwa.org/swwebinars, and pass this along to your colleagues.  Registration is open to anyone who would like to participate.  For more information about the state projects and to view the previous webinars, visit the project web site at www.landuseandwater.org.  For questions, please contact Kelley Hart at Kelley.Hart@tpl.org or 415-800-5201.

Don’t Forget to Register for Thursday’s Webinar on Non-Traditional Sources of Funding for Source Water Protection

Register now for the Non-traditional Sources of Funding for Source Water Protection webinar that is being held on Thursday, October 11th from 1:00 to 3:00pm (eastern).  This webinar is the third in the series of five free webinars from the Enabling Source Water Protection team, led by The Trust for Public Land and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, with support from the River Network and ASDWA.  During the webinar, participants will learn how key states are using Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds as well as creating new funds to support source water protection.  The speakers and agenda topics are as follows:

  • New Hampshire, Holly Green and Johnna McKenna: The Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program provides funding to land trusts and municipalities to protect critical lands through purchase or conservation easement.
  • Missouri, Ellie Knecht and Kelley Hart of TPL:  Project recommendations to use CWA 319 Supplemental Environmental Project Funds for source water protection.
  • Delaware, James Brunswick:  The Delaware Community Environmental Project Fund was established by legislation to use monies from environmental penalties
  • North Carolina, Jay Frick: Project recommendations to use CWSRF funding and how to get projects on the state’s Intended Use Plan (IUP).
  • Matt Zieper of TPL:  How states are using CWSRF funding for land conservation and how to stimulate demand for these types of loans.

 

To register for the webinar, go to the online registration link at: www.asdwa.org/swwebinars, and pass this along to your colleagues.  Registration is open to anyone who would like to participate.

 

For more information about the state projects, visit the project web site at www.landuseandwater.orgFor questions, please contact Kelley Hart at Kelley.Hart@tpl.org or 415-800-5201.

Source Water Collaborative Toolkit Now Launched!

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Collaboration Toolkit that helps foster effective partnerships between state source water programs and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The toolkit is now available as a new tab on the SWC website – please visit the toolkit at: www.sourcewatercollaborative.org/swp-usda/.

 

Goals of Toolkit: 

  • Promote source water protection through agriculture conservation practices.
  • Facilitate collaboration between source water and USDA state and local leaders, with a focus on Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Programs.

 

5 Easy-to-Follow Steps:  The toolkit includes simple steps for identifying common ground, current opportunities, and key contacts and ideas for working with USDA at the state level.

  • Step 1 gives a quick overview of key USDA conservation programs that help protect and improve sources of drinking water. Learn the vocabulary that NRCS staff use so you’re sure to speak their language.
  • Step 2 gives tips to help you define what your source water program can offer and includes an infographic that explains the State Conservationist’s role and what can be accomplished through collaboration.
  • Step 3 links to talking points, draft agenda for first meeting, and key USDA documents to help you take the first steps to action.
  • Step 4 lists useful conservation and source water protection resources.
  • Step 5 links to key partners who can bring data, technical capabilities, useful state and local perspectives, and links to other key stakeholders.

 

Upcoming Supplement (Planned for Early 2013 Release)

  • The current toolkit is designed to help you work with USDA conservation programs at the state level.
  • Through the Source Water Collaborative’s partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts, the toolkit will be updated with tips for working with conservation districts.

 

In addition, ASDWA and GWPC are planning to conduct a webinar for state source water programs in the near future – stay tuned!

For your reference and use, see the ToolkitHandout_100212.

For more information and questions, please contact Deirdre Mason of ASDWA at dmason@asdwa.org or 703-812-4775.