Outreach and Education Roundtable: Robin Gary, BSEACD

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Outreach and Education Roundtable: Robin Gary, BSEACD

  1. 1. Public Information and Education Strategies Robin Havens Gary Senior Public Information and Education Coordinator Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  2. 2. More with Less Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  3. 3. District Overview    11 staff members 1.25 communications + database + GIS Strategy: find ways to involve more people in creating content and disseminating information Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  4. 4. The Standards (tried and true)          Website Social Media Email Group Press Releases Presentations Field Trips Quarterly Newsletters Direct Mail Standardized drought messaging Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  5. 5. Train The Trainer Model (multiply the message)  Permittees:   Teachers:    Coordinated drought messaging with standard bill inserts, road signs, drought icons Yearly teacher training in collaboration with area water educators Groundwater to the Gulf reaches 50 teachers and therefore 5,000 students annually. Staff:  Website content management system that allows each team to post and update appropriate materials Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  6. 6. Collaboration (extend resources)       Groundwater to the Gulf Collaborative Central Texas Water Efficiency Network City of Austin Earth Camp Camp Fire USA – after school, family, troops Texas Well Owner Network Creek clean-ups Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  7. 7. Rewards Programs (encourage good behavior)     Groundwater Stewardship Awards Permittee of the Year College scholarship (juniors & seniors) Camp scholarship (9-15 year olds) Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  8. 8. Special Projects    Realtors (new well owners) HoAs Exempt Well Owners Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  9. 9. Realtors  Seller's Disclosure Notice modifications Add Well-Specific Information Such as: Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  10. 10. Homeowner Associations  Under SB 198, HoAs can no longer enforce provisions that prevent a homeowner from installing a droughtresistant landscape.  HoA Workshops to help modify their codes and covenants. Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
  11. 11. Exempt Well Owners    Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Well Owner Guide Water Well Testing Water Level Monitoring http://www.bseacd.org/education/well-owners/
  12. 12. Thank you Robin Gary: rhgary@bseacd.org  Drought Blog  http://droughtmonitor.blogspot.com/  District Website:  www.bseacd.org  ‘Friends of the Aquifers’ Email Group  Email rhgary@bseacd.org with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line. Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

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