Source Water Collaborative Toolkit Now Launched!
October 5, 2012 1 Comment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-812-4775.