Tuesday, January 19, 2021

PA Organization For Watershed & Rivers Hosts 3-Part Engagement In Local Government Decision Making For Community Watershed Groups Webinars

PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers will host a three-part Meaningful Engagement in Local Government Decision Making for Community Watershed Organizations series of webinars on February 11, 18 and March 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The training sessions, supported by the Campbell Foundation, are designed to give community watershed organization volunteers and leaders the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to effectively participate in many local and regional policy, land use and planning efforts occurring throughout the Commonwealth.

These efforts include engagement in Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; municipal MS4s stormwater pollution prevention permit compliance; comprehensive planning efforts; local zoning  and subdivision decisions; and other policies that impact local watershed health and sustainability.

POWR hopes that by working together, informed citizens and government leaders can make decisions today that will have lasting regional implications for water resource protection tomorrow.


The topics covered by each webinar include--

-- February 11: will include an introduction to local government structure in PA, a review of how and why local government land use and planning decisions have immediate and critical impacts on water resources, and an introduction to local government priorities.  Click Here to register.

-- February 18: will highlight strategies for effective interaction, collaboration with elected officials and will help increase your confidence in communicating your values, concerns, and knowledge about water resource protection and conservation.  Click Here to register.

-- March 4: will help you better understand the role and value of watershed organizations in policy making at the local, state, and federal level. It will present examples of engagement in policy issues and will provide tips for effective advocacy, public comment, and support for sound management and policies for healthy streams.  Click Here to register.

It is recommended that you register for and attend all three ‘live.’ However, the presentations will be recorded so that if you miss one, you can watch the recording, and then join live as your schedule allows.

Click Here to register for the webinars and for more information.  Click Here for other education programs available online.

To learn more about programs, initiatives, other upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.

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[Posted: January 19, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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