Collaboration Toolkit:
How to Build and Maintain Effective Partnerships to Protect Sources of Drinking Water

The Source Water Collaborative has developed this extensive “How-to Collaborate” Toolkit to help others initiate or enhance partnerships to protect drinking water sources. This Toolkit is part of the SWC’s ongoing efforts to help foster local, state and regional/watershed source water collaboratives.

Effectively addressing drinking water contamination often requires working with key partners, across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries. Designed to meet a broad array of needs, this Toolkit provides helpful tips, sample materials, and thoughtful resources organized by each stage of collaboration, from those just getting started to mature partnerships seeking new inspiration.

Click on the map below to see state, regional, and local examples or click on the stage of your collaborative.

Benefits of Using a Collaborative Approach:

  • Increases recognition of need for protecting drinking water sources.
  • Offers cost-effective approach rather than “going it alone.”
  • Aligns diverse efforts for mutual benefit (watershed protection, conservation, regulation, planning, and/or economic development).
  • Brings together those with authority and influence to solve problems.
  • Uses a voluntary approach while leveraging current state and federal programs.

Get Started:

Select Your Stage of Collaboration or Skip to Specific Resources

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