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Learn About the Benefits of a Collaborative Approach

Not sure if a collaborative effort is right for your particular challenge? This section includes a list of benefits and when to consider this option as a solution.

Source water assessments were a critical first step for protecting drinking water. Using a collaborative approach can help you translate source water assessments into action plans, and implement activities to protect drinking water sources. Working with a group of partners helps you create and implement priority protective actions, combine the strengths of a diverse set of organizations, and pool resources when funding is limited.

Creating a collaborative effort offers an opportunity to assess progress to date, identify emerging issues, and outline a feasible plan for shared action.

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 (conservation, regulation, planning, and/or economic development).
  • Brings together those with authority and influence to solve problems.
  • Pools resources for a broader impact.
  • Creates a shared vision and common goals.
  • Fosters new ideas and identifies opportunities.
  • Reveals gaps and promotes integrated solutions.
  • Combines and applies expertise to solve problems.
  • Offers a forum for regular and open communication.
  • Provides cohesive messaging for protection.
  • Uses a voluntary approach while leveraging current state and federal programs more effectively.

Consider a collaborative approach as a solution for you

  • If the problem is beyond the ability of a single entity to handle.
  • To overcome a lack of resources at the local or state level and help you pool resources.
  • To leverage grant funds and state/federal funding programs.
  • To create multi-pronged solutions for a specific contaminant.
  • To align land use, clean water and drinking water program implementation.
  • To get commitment from a key influencer or decision-maker.
  • When local land use controls or management plans are inadequate to address priority concerns.
  • When prioritizing regulatory implementation could result in multiple benefits, including drinking water source protection.
  • When source water protection (SWP) could be improved by participation of other authorities/agencies (transportation, agriculture, land use managers, etc.).

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