The Community

Survey
This survey is intended to allow people who work, live, play, and care about the Weeks Bay Watershed to have their voices heard during the planning process. We want to know what you care about most. Your input is important. Please use the link below to take the survey.
Community Input Survey
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Project Description

Outreach Plan
January 2016: Identify and recruit approximately 25 members of the WMP Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) to represent various constituency groups such as city/county government, mayors/elected officials, state/federal government, agriculture/forestry, business and developers, environmental, and homeowners.

February 2016: Hold WMP Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) planning meetings on February 3rd and 17th for a major watershed planning stakeholder engagement workshop. SWG members each personally invite 5-15 participants to assure attendance in each stakeholder constituency group.

March 2, 2016: Stakeholder engagement and visioning workshop (85 people). Breakout groups with facilitators and note-takers for small groups with similar goals, e.g., farmers, environmental group leaders, developers, businesses, elected officials, homeowners, scientists, engineers, and city/county staff members. Each group identified the Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) of the watershed plus developed an action plan for next steps (what, when, who). Each stakeholder group then shared key issues and action plans with the entire workshop group.

March 2016: WMP Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) meeting on March 16th discussed what we learned from the workshop. Following this, the Thompson consultant team and BCSWCD/MBNEP considers the input, decides if and how the watershed planning process should be adjusted to include the vision.

April 2016 – March 2017:

     a.SWG meets bi-monthly for updates from members and the project team

     b.Public input is collected via the MBNEP website

     c.Present Draft WMP and solicit community input in public meetings. Edit plan based on community input received.

     d.Present Final WMP, implementation schedule, milestones, monitoring, and opportunities for continued community             engagement, including discussion of the regulatory framework governing the plan.

After March 2017: Permanent Leadership Team continues to meet quarterly to monitor/help the implementation process

Steering Committee
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