Presentation on theme: "Stormwater Education Across Wisconsin"— Presentation transcript:
1Stormwater Education Across Wisconsin Jessica SchultzNortheast WisconsinStormwater Consortium
2Who we are…Look around the room today. I am sure you see many familiar faces, maybe you see people that you work with regularly, or people that you see only at conferences like these.46 organizations with Stormwater I & E programs were registered for the conference today.We are the educators.46 organizations with Stormwater I & E programs were registered for this conference.
3Well over 99% of Americans are not our professional peers.
4Our goal, as educators is to get our message to these people… but how? The Other 99+%Our goal, as educators is to get our message to these people… but how?
5When Words Become the Picture I want to start by talking about the power of language.If this doesn’t make you stop to think, I don’t know what will. It’s a tag cloud of the most common words used in advertisements for toys marketed to boys. Ugh, kind of explains a lot. I wonder what would happen if we created a similar tag cloud of the words the conservation community uses in its advertisements, press releases, brochures, websites, and other materials.- Eric Eckl, Water Words that Work Image from Information is Beautiful BlogWordle –
6Nonpoint Source Pollution Sprawl TSS Detention Pond When Words Become the PictureStormwaterTMDLBiofilterImpervious SurfaceIllicit DischargeWatershed ManagementNonpoint Source PollutionSprawlTSSWould we see great big words like “clean water,” “family,” and “doing your part,” or would we see giant jargon terms like “watershed” and “nonpoint source pollution?”TMDLImpervious SurfaceHydrographNonpoint Source PollutionWatershedIllicit DischargeDetention PondBiofilterTSSStormwaterWatershed ManagementSprawlRiparianIf we are taking the time, effort and resources to create educational materials – across the State of Wisconsin, we need to make sure we are connecting with the people who need the education – not the people who understand the jargon already.This stunning image from the Information is Beautiful blog.HydrographDetention PondRiparian
7What is happening out there? So….What is happening out there?
8…using words and pictures they can Stormwater groups and municipalities are connecting to the public……using words and pictures they canrelate to
9Healthy Happy Do Your Part Play Family Activities You Can Clean Water When Words Become the PictureYou CanQualityAt HomePolluted RunoffHealthyClean WaterHappyMake A DifferenceLand & Water ConservationDevelopmentDo Your PartWould we see great big words like “clean water,” “family,” and “doing your part,” or would we see giant jargon terms like “watershed” and “nonpoint source pollution?”TMDLImpervious SurfaceHydrographNonpoint Source PollutionWatershedIllicit DischargeDetention PondBiofilterTSSStormwaterWatershed ManagementSprawlRiparianIf we are taking the time, effort and resources to create educational materials – across the State of Wisconsin, we need to make sure we are connecting with the people who need the education – not the people who understand the jargon already.This stunning image from the Information is Beautiful blog.PlayTogetherFamily ActivitiesRiverbank
10 Explore LearnA few of Wisconsin’s Current Stormwater CampaignsHelping you help Dane County’s lakes and streams. myfairlakes.com
11Let’s Take a Closer Look… Menomonee River GroupSoutheast Wisconsin Clean Water NetworkRoot-Pike Watershed Initiative NetworkLa Crosse Urban Stormwater GroupMadison Area Municipal Storm Water PartnershipNorthCentral Wisconsin Stormwater CoalitionChippewa Valley Stormwater ForumNorth East Wisconsin Stormwater ConsortiumSoutheastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust
12Menomonee River Group City of Brookfield City of Greenfield City of WauwatosaVillage of ButlerVillage of Elm GroveVillage of GermantownVillage of Menomonee FallsVillage of West MilwaukeeMilwaukee CountySweet Water -is a collaborative effort to achieve healthy and sustainable water resources throughout the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds
13Menomonee River Group Pet Waste Program Scoop It, Bag In & Toss It! Program started in Menomonee FallsThe program is being expanded throughout the group.Each Dogipot system contains 2 boxes of 200 biodegradable bags to be used and thrown into the garbage binsThis program is to encourage proper pet waste disposal and reduce the stormwater pollution of our rivers. The disposal system includes bio-degradable bags to be used and thrown into the garbage bins.Menomonee Falls1336 dog licenses were applied for in 2010 An estimated 396,000 lbs of dog poop is generated a year (according to a 2008 projected estimate by American Community Survey)Over the paste 2 years of the program, on average 400 piles of pet waste/month are picked up at each digipot system location. This year, Menomonee Falls has 9 systems. That can add up to 43,200 piles/year!Dogipot SystemsScoop It, Bag In & Toss It!
14Paws Pledge for Cleaner Rivers Menomonee River GroupPaws Pledge for Cleaner RiversThe 2nd part of their Pet Waste Pram is the Paws Pledge for Cleaner Rivers.
15Southeast Wisconsin Clean Water Network City of New BerlinCity of FranklinCity of KenoshaCity of Oak CreekCity of RacineCounty of KenoshaVillage of CaledoniaVillage of GreendaleVillage of Hales CornersVillage of Mt. PleasantVillage of Pleasant PrairieVillage of Silver LakeVillage of SturtevantVillage of Wind PointTown of BristolTown of SalemTown of SomersUW-Parkside
16Greening Up Your Yard Workshops Southeast Wisconsin Clean Water NetworkGreening Up Your Yard Workshopsfocuses on the causes of polluted runoff; practices people can employ to reduce their contribution, such as rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, healthy lawn care (use of fertilizers, pesticides, etc. )Including: Target audience & message. If you have a document (sign, poster, image, link to website, photo, videoclip, PSA, ect.) that you can forward to me that I would love to show it! We are focusing on nonpoint pollution and yard care practices. Our message is that people can make a difference in their yards to reduce pollution to our waters. Our target audience is homeowners and largely men (who do most of the yard care).Your plan for –We are planning a mass media campaign that would be launched possibly this fall, but more likely spring/summer of Our goal is a $100,000/year budget. We are considering radio, TV, billboards, newspapers and a stronger Facebook presence. Our website is undergoing some revamping as well. We would try to get funding to keep it going for three years. We are working with several volunteers—one a brand manager at a major company and another who recently owned and sold a successful PR firm to help plan the campaign.Are you staying with the same focus? Moving on? We would stay with the same focus, although we are still in planning stage for the larger campaign.Successes and lessons learned from your last campaign, project or endeavor. Last year we spent about $10,000 on radio ads and advertisements on TV Channel 12 website. Thousands of people were exposed to news stories in local dailies, on TV and a radio interview. 150 people attended rain garden workshops. I know we could have had a much bigger impact if we had more money to purchase more frequent radio spots on more stations, and other media such as TV. Despite our small budget, 73 people have built rain gardens since 2008 (holding back nearly 700,000 gallons of rainwater and snow-ice melt). Over 100 people participated in a rain garden tour last fall.Main message for : People can make a difference in their yards to reduce pollution to our waters.6 workshops focusing on the causes of polluted runoff and the practices people can employ to reduce their contribution.
17Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network Root-Pike WIN - funded a total of 73 rain gardens at 70 sites in Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Thirty-two of the gardens are open to the public and feature an educational sign that describes how rain gardens function to improve water quality. Keep approximately 695,520 gallons of rain water and snow-ice melt out of roads and storm sewers each year by capturing and infiltrating runoff in rain gardens.Root-Pike WIN is currently seeking funding for it’s 2011 intiativeThe Rain Garden Initiative is made possible by funding from SC Johnson Fund, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Southeast Wisconsin Clean Water Network, Michigan State University's Networked Neighborhoods for Eco-Conservation in partnership with Great Lakes Protection Fund, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, In-Sink-Erator, Southeast Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, River Network/Miller Coors, Wild Ones, and in partnership with UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources73 Rain Gardens in 3 years!
18La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group City of La CrosseCity of OnalaskaLa Crosse CountyTown of CampbellTown of HollandTown of OnalaskaTown of ShelbyVillage of HolmenVillage of West Salem
19Focus on Erosion Control • Posters for break and timeclock rooms and stickers for lumber, concrete and utility installation vehicle dashboards were developed to remind drivers to stay on tracking pads and respect erosion control measures at home sitesLa Crosse Urban Stormwater GroupFocus on Erosion Controlfocus primary effort. They determined that in this hilly area, riddled with cold-water streams and so close to the Mississippi, reducing erosion from home construction sites is a primary issue.All permits in the Storm Water Group's region are now given to builders and homeowners in a folder that reminds them of the Web site and erosion control basics and keeps everything together. This consistency is new and we are working at making processes the communities more consistent for builders.Folder for all permits across region
20Focus on Erosion Control La Crosse Urban Stormwater GroupFocus on Erosion ControlPosters for break and timeclock areasStickers for lumber, concrete and utility installation vehicle dashboards• Posters for break and timeclock rooms and stickers for lumber, concrete and utility installation vehicle dashboards were developed to remind drivers to stay on tracking pads and respect erosion control measures at home sitesAppointments were made and these were delivered personally to all utility operations managers and on-the-ground team leaders, to explain the issues and opportunities and to ask them to use them and teach colleagues.
21Focus on Erosion Control • Posters for break and timeclock rooms and stickers for lumber, concrete and utility installation vehicle dashboards were developed to remind drivers to stay on tracking pads and respect erosion control measures at home sitesLa Crosse Urban Stormwater GroupFocus on Erosion ControlTri-fold brochure for homeowner’sA brochure explaining homeowners' responsibilities for erosion control. This is made available to the public in countertop displays on permitting and lumberyard counters. It's being presented with bids by Builders Association members, and shared with technical college building students, realtors and others.
22Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership City of FitchburgCity of MadisonCity of MiddletonCity of MononaCity of StoughtonCity of Sun PrairieCity of VeronaDane CountyVillage of Cottage GroveVillage of DeForestVillage of Maple BluffVillage of McFarlandVillage of Shorewood HillsVillage of WaunakeeTown of Blooming GroveTown of BurkeTown of DunkirkTown of MadisonTown of MiddletonTown of WestportTown of WindsorUW-Madison
23Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership Provides Native Plants at a reduced priceOpen to schools, non-profit organizations (homeowner, lake or neighborhood associations, youth groups, faith centers, clubs, ect.), Municipalities and Individual residents in Dane County.The Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program 2011Through a gift from the Graham-Martin Foundation* (GMF), the Plant Dane! Program provides native plants at the greatly reduced price of $1.80 each—less than half the normal retail price.The Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program is open to schools, non-profit organizations (homeowner, lake or neighborhood associations, youth groups, faith centers, clubs, etc.), municipalities and individual residents in Dane County, Wisconsin.The process is simple:Click on “Graham-Martin Foundation Native Species List” below and peruse the different species available. Make notes of which you’d like (esp. their Latin name, as this is how they are listed on the order form).Once you know what species you want, complete the order form. Remember that plants must be ordered in multiples of four (4, 8, 12, 16, etc.). Pre-selected plant mixes come in flats of 32 plants. The Bird & Butterfly seed mix will cover 100 sq. ft. The website will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity, so be sure to have your list of plants that you want to order ready and avoid interruptions if possible.Submit your electronic order form. Once submitted, print out two copies of your order summary—keep one for your records and mail the other with a check made out to “Graham-Martin Foundation,” and mail to:Plant Dane! Programc/o Dane County LWRDOne Fen Oak Court, Rm 234Madison, WIAll orders must be received with full payment no later than Friday, May 13, Orders without full payment will not be processed.Optional: Attend the Retain the Rain! Workshop on April 9, 2011Pick up your plants, which will be delivered to One Fen Oak Court, Madison, WI on June 25, 2011, 8a-9:30a. Participants must pick up plants on this date, or have a relative, friend or neighbor pick up plants for them.Contact Marcia Hartwig, Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership Education Coordinator at (608) or for more information.*The Graham-Martin Foundation, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems and the promotion of environmental education.
24Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf them campaign –Previously, used TV, Radio, Billboards, yard signs, coasters & social media.plans have not been finalized yet – these campaigns will move forward but not sure to what degree
25Rock River Stormwater Group City of Beaver DamCity of BeloitCity of Fort AtkinsonCity of JanesvilleCity of JeffersonCity of Milton Public Works DepartmentCity of WatertownCity of WhitewaterDNRHeart of the CityLake Sinissippi AssociationLake Sinissippi Improvement DistrictRock River CoalitionTown of BeloitTown and Country ResourceConservation & DevelopmentUW-ExtensionUW - WhitewaterPhoto by Mark Preuschl
26Rock River Stormwater Group Fall of 2010Leaf Raking CampaignEducational campaign and research project
27NorthCentral Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition Marathon CountyCity of WausauCity of SchofieldVillage of WestonVillage of RothschildVillage of KronenwetterTown of Rib MountainCity of MosineeCity of MerrillCity of MarshfieldCity of Stevens PointCity of Wisconsin Rapids
28Getting the public involved in 2011 NorthCentral Wisconsin Stormwater CoalitionGetting the public involved in 2011Upcoming Workshops:Compost Bin Sales/WorkshopsRain Barrel Workshops $20 – build your own barrelDemonstration Rain Gardens Following 3 rain gardens on their website to show progression.
29Chippewa Valley Stormwater Forum Chippewa CountyEau Claire CountyCity of AltoonaCity of Chippewa FallsCity of Eau ClaireCity of MenomineeCity of River FallsVillage of Lake HallieTown of Eagle PointTown of LafayetteTown of SeymourTown of UnionTown of Washington
30Chippewa Valley Stormwater Forum 2011 Media CampaignIn the spring of 2011, Rain to Rivers began running TV ads to promote clean water.They are currently running- this “Rubber Duckie” ad and a “Fish Bowl” ad.The commercials were originally developed for San Diego’s Think Blue campaign – because these commercials were funded partially through the EPA, San Diego has made them available to use and edit with permission.
31Chippewa Valley Stormwater Forum Top 10 Things You Can Do to Keep Area Waters Clean – Video ClipsConserve Water: Keep Your RainDon’t Overfeed Your LaneLeaves & Grass ClippingKeep Soil in your Yard and Out of our WaterwaysBe a Pooper ScooperPractice Careful Car CareUse a Proper Container for Trash & RecyclingKick Your Chemical Dependency (HHW)Be a Watershed WatchdogMake Friends with your WatershedThe video clips have been used as part of presentations and where we have capability to run a computer at informational booths at various events.
32North East Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium Brown County Calumet County City of Appleton City of De Pere City of Fond du Lac City of Green Bay City of Kaukauna City of Manitowoc City of Marinette City of Menasha City of Neenah City of Oshkosh City of Two Rivers City of Waupun Fond du Lac County Outagamie County Town of Black Wolf Town of Buchanan Town of Fond du LacTown of Friendship Town of Grand Chute Town of Greenville Town of Harrison Town of Lawrence Town of Ledgeview Town of Menasha Town of Neenah Town of Scott Town of Taycheedah UW Oshkosh Village of Allouez Village of Ashwaubenon Village of Bellevue Village of Combined Locks Village of Hobart Village of Howard Village of KimberlyVillage of Little Chute Village of North Fond du Lac Village of Sherwood Village of Suamico Winnebago County Ayres Associates AECOM Contech Construction Products Davel Engineering Foth Martenson & Eisele, Inc. Mau & Associates LLP McMAHON Associates, Inc. OMNNI, Inc. R.A. Smith National Robert E. Lee & Associates SEH Inc.2011 Members5 Counties12 Cities13 Townships11 Villages1 University13 Business Partners
342011 Exhibiting Home & Garden Show Green Bay MarchWalleye Weekend Fond du LacJune 10-12Farmer’s Market – Green Markets AppletonJune 18July 16AugustSeptember
35North East Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium Rain Barrel Coupon ProgramNEWSC Members distribute flyer/couponCoupons available to public at RenewOurWaters.orgCoupon good for 10% off any in-stock Rain BarrelCurrently 11 participating retailers
36Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust Sweet Water –Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds TrustSweet Water -is a collaborative effort to achieve healthy and sustainable water resources throughout the Greater Milwaukee WatershedsSoutheastern WI Watersheds Trust works with many municipalities throughout the Greater Milwaukee Watershed from the furthest northern reaches to the estuary. We are working with a group of municipalities along with Root-Pike WIN to develop a watershed restoration plan for the Root River. We are working with municipalities within the Menomonee Watershed, a subset of whom share a stormwater permit. These include: West Milwaukee, Butler, Brookfield, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, and Menomonee Falls. This group is now expanding with the support of an EPA grant that will fund their work to develop a pilot watershed-based permit for the Menomonee River, one of 3 pilots in the country. This group of municipalities is also pledging support for the outreach campaign which will become part or component of their i/e permit requirement. The outreach campaign is being developed for the entire Greater Milwaukee Watershed and all municipalities within that 1100 sq. mile region may be able to credit the campaign to their e/i. Will be in discussion with the DNR on that point. We recently submitted a planning grant to the DNR in partnership with this group with the meeting of the i/e requirement outlined in the grant as one of its objectives. The campaign will focus on behaviors and actions residents can take to reduce the flow of stormwater and nonpoint pollution from their homes and other activities. The main messages will be build around these actions with an underlying and maybe overlaying message being that the actions of each person when multiplied across a highly populated area can have a positive or negative affect on the health of our waters and therefore we each have a role to play.
37Into Social Media…Twitters Membership – As of April 28 over 200 million The average daily sign-up rate has been 460,000 new accounts – that’s daily! Average number of Tweets per day – 140 millionFacebook – More that 500 million active users (50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day)Average user has 130 friends Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month There are more than 250 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
39Possibilities of Working Together? State Stormwater Educators are holding a meeting July 14Representatives from all of the groups mentioned in this presentation have been invited to attend the meeting as well as UW-Extension Basin Educators.State-wide StormwaterEducation CollaborationIs on the agenda.
40Wisconsin’s Waters are enjoyed by people of all ages, all year round.