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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Event Recap - Southwest Civic Engagement cohort on Water Quality


On June 8, nineteen people working to improve water quality in southwest Minnesota joined together to support one another as they embed civic engagement into their work and sharpen their skill set. Two people brought forward projects to workshop as a group. One of the projects was for immediate use - a meeting two days away! The meeting was about using a model (pictured above) that simulates how land use decisions impact water flow and drainage. He received advice on ways to make it more understandable and experiential for the public. The group also helped him draft questions for the public to help them process the and learn from the experience to create a better, more impactful meeting.


A second water quality specialist brought forward her plans for a citizen steering committee to work with the Soil and Water Conservation District board to make recommendations around adoption of cover crops. The group helped her to expand her thinking about the scope of what the committee might accomplish and also suggested tactics to start working with the board so that committee recommendations would be more likely to be implemented.

At the next quarterly meeting in September, attendees will get to hear back about how the two projects progressed.

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