Dakins, M. E., Long, J. D., & Hart, M. (2005) Finding 2

How a watershed group is formed may influence its effectiveness.

  • Citizen initiated groups give themselves a high rating on addressing difficult or controversial issues.
  • Government initiated groups give themselves a high rating on receiving assistance during formation.
  • Groups whose membership has been restricted in some way (e.g. property owners only, instead of all interested parties), give themselves a low rating on involving key decision-making groups, timeliness in addressing issues, and overall effectiveness.

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Gearey, M., & Jeffrey, P. (2005) Finding 1

Use audience assessment strategies to identify which, if any, water and watershed governance strategies interest households and landowners. Build participatory opportunities around specific topics of interest. Consider household and landowner response to strategies such as: pollution control, lowering prices, protecting flood plains, improving storage facilities, improving repairs and maintenance and introducing enforced metering. Continue reading →