Water education tools for specific audiences
Krewer, Joseph A.
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Educating local government officials and staff, the general public, and students about water management issues is a continuous process very familiar to water management professionals. While there are innumerable printed and online resources available to everyone now, developing tools for a specific audience or project can help us focus our educational efforts on a user's real information needs. In support of its own statewide planning and water education activities, as well as other ongoing environmental programs, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and its partners have created a number of innovative resources. These include program-specific publications, user-friendly GIS mapping systems for Georgia's large watersheds, various versions of a Water Resources Toolkit, and online tools. The use of these resources and developing tools for specific projects and audiences will be discussed, with the goal of helping other environmental educators improve their targeted education efforts.