Water: Polluted Runoff
Outreach Tools & Products | Information Resources & Centers | Fact Sheets & Reports | Conferences & Proceedings
Outreach Tools and Products
- Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
EPA's Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox is intended for use by state and local agencies and other organizations interested in educating the public on nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Toolbox contains hundreds of resources to help develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign.
- Adopt Your Watershed
EPA's online database, with information about community involvement activities, such as monitoring, cleanups and restoration projects.
- Stormwater Outreach Materials
EPA has developed a set of materials that state or local governments can customize and use in their own stormwater outreach campaigns. Web site also contains reference materials.
Information Resources and Centers
- Best NPS Outreach Documents
These are the EPA Nonpoint Source Control Branch's recommendations for "best of the Web" for NPS outreach resources.
- Example Photographs of Best Management Practices (BMP's)
Photo examples of best management practices for various sources of nonpoint source pollution.
- Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Photo Gallery
The NRCS Photo Gallery contains natural resource and conservation related photos from across the USA. Search available photographs by state and category.
- EE-Link: Environmental Education on the Internet
EE-Link is a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education, such as media specialists, inservice providers, nature center staff and curriculum developers. The site contains Internet environmental-based school projects, classroom activities (including many lesson plans), environmental facts and data from many sources, curriculum directory guides, organization and audio visual catalogs, software, conference and workshop announcements, higher education links, facts, grants, literature pointers, regional information, and pointers to other environmental sites.
- Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
NEMO provides municipal officials with technical assistance and training in linking land use to water quality.
- Secret Agent Worms
A soil and water adventure for elementary school students from the University of Illinois Extension and Illinois EPA.
- AMD and Art Project
Innovative outreach and education project addressing acid mine drainage through the arts and sciences. The project won EPA's Phoenix Award in 2005.
Fact Sheets and Reports
- Nonpoint Source Pointers (fact sheets)
This is a series of factsheets designed to help the public increase their understanding and management of nonpoint source pollution in their community.
- Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories
Web-based set of two page stories features waterbodies identified by states as being primarily nonpoint source-impaired and having achieved documented water quality improvements.
- 2001 Nonpoint Source Outreach Focus Group Results
EPA and its state partners commissioned a study on the effectiveness of nonpoint source outreach. Using a series of focus groups, the study explored attitudes, beliefs, feelings, motivations and perceptions of the public toward nonpoint source (NPS) pollution.
- Getting In Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns
Available as a 178-page book and a 35-minute companion video, this set is designed to strengthen watershed outreach campaigns at all levels:
- Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns (November 2010) 3rd edition
- Getting in Step: A Video Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns (December 2003)
- Getting In Step: A Guide to Effective Outreach in Your Watershed Online Training Module
- Getting In Step: Developing Your Message and Publicizing It Effectively An archived webcast seminar from July 20, 2005.
In addition to the outreach guide, video, workshops, and training module, the Getting in Step outreach series includes a comprehensive stakeholder guide. Getting in Step: Engaging Stakeholders in Your Watershed (PDF) (91 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF) presents the tools you need to effectively engage stakeholders to restore and maintain healthy environmental conditions through community support and cooperative action. The guide is intended primarily for federal, state, tribal, and local agency personnel involved in watershed management activities.
For copies of these resources, please contact the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (telephone: 1-800-490-9198).
Conferences and Proceedings
- Fifth National Conference for Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Outreach: Achieving Results with Tight Budgets
(May 2009, Portland OR) Proceedings and all presentations available online.
- Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Pollution Education Programs: Conference Proceedings
(December 2005) Proceedings for the Fourth National Conference Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Pollution Education Programs on October 17-20, 2005, Chicago, IL.
- Nonpoint Source Pollution Information and Education Programs: Conference Proceedings
(December 2003) Proceedings for the Third National Conference on Nonpoint Source Pollution Information and Education Programs; October 20-23, 2003, Chicago, IL.