Watershed Education Satellite Conferences
A Journal of Extension article featured a team of water quality professionals with the NIFA Pacific Northwest Regional Water Quality Program who initiated a series of satellite downlinked conferences to develop and deliver educational programming on watershed management, drinking water and human health, and water conservation and management. The conferences were conducted over a three-year period, downlinking to a minimum of 38 educational sites each year and drawing an annual attendance ranging from 300 to 1,000 educators, agency and non-profit personnel, and local watershed group members. These conferences were also available via live video streams for individuals located offsite with computer access. The success of this regional effort is attributable to the strong partnership among the five participating land-grant universities and EPA Region 10. It also suggests that concentrating on regional audiences rather than adhering to state boundaries can make a significant difference in the effective management of natural resources. The five participating land-grant institutions were Northwest Indian College, Oregon State University, University of Alaska, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Water Quality Program is funded through a competitive grant from the NIFA National Integrated Water Program.
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