Educate the Public

Success Story -
Commercial Art students at Hopkins North Junior High School got hands-on work with a real client when they drew advertisements and simple illustrations for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, such as artwork for a campaign to reduce use of phosphorus fertlizer. The students' work appeared in many local and state publications including this Web site.

Gleason Lake Elementary School hosted the annual environmental fair sponsored by the City of Plymouth with a theme of Wetlands and Water Quality. Hundreds of families enjoyed student displays, fun activities, strolling musicians, and dozens of agency booths.

Water quality protection must involve everyone in a watershed. Therefore, every water quality protection project should seek to educate tell people what they can do.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Identify the need you hope to get people to do something about.
  2. Target an audience.
  3. Define the message.
  4. Choose a method of communication.
  5. Make sure education efforts are accurate, clear, attractive, and respectful.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Partnership Guide to Volunteer Stream Monitoring
Where do I start? Download this excellent guide. First it will help you decide the level at which to approach monitoring. Then use the guide's comprehensive workbook of sep-by-seip activities to develop an appropriate water quality monitor9ing design. Go to www.vsmp.org, then click on Educational Materials.

The Pollution Prevention Project Guide has a four-page "to-do" list with many items under each of the five headings above. Read detailed "Public Education" instructions on line or download as PDF File.

Background Fact Sheets for Students - Click to read on-line and/or download fact sheets including Water Pollution: Getting Better? Also see, The Solution to Pollution Is in Our Hands, a one-page tip sheet listing fourteen simple things to do to protect water quality.

For Teachers:

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