Collaboration Toolkit

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Identify the Resources You Have

Taking a fresh look at what you have can help you engage potential partners. A brief step back to consider what resources and expertise you can bring to a collaborative effort can kick-start the process.

Outline from your perspective:

  • What’s the problem and where are we headed? Sharing your perspectives on drinking water source concerns lays the groundwork for engaging interest in collaboration. Maps or photographs can enhance this communication.

  • What technical resources or expertise are readily available? Within your organization you may have data on source water concerns, technical expertise in identifying contaminants and their sources, experience in developing source water protection plans, and maybe even some limited funding.

  • What might current partners contribute?

    • Provide maps of priority water quality or source water protection areas.
    • Assist you in developing and implementing source water protection plans.
    • Include the drinking water concern in planning and implementing their programs.
    • Provide seed funding for pilot projects or activities that protect water quality or educate landowners.
    • Prioritize water quality in local comprehensive plans from plan development and implementation through capital investment, including zoning, development regulations, and code enforcement.
  • Are there ripe opportunities coming up? Defining or re-defining a problem can bring opportunities into focus. Often a new program, change in organizational leadership, new concern about drinking water quality or a potential threat, can help focus attention on protecting drinking water and can help engage current and new partners in a collaborative effort.

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