EDUCATION COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS (agendas, minutes, etc.)
While you will find a variety of outreach and education resources on other ACWA committee and resources webpages on the ACWA website, the Education Committee is building a compendium of educational resources to share. Stay tuned for more to come.
Connecting to communities through art:
- City of Gresham Storm Drain Mural Project toolkit, including the cost, waiver for youth participation, and guidelines for leading such a program. This program has been successfully led and reached thousands on clean water and watershed protection education.
- City of Springfield community engagement program—“UpStream Art,” celebrating local art and illustrating connections between our behaviors, our streets, and our waterways. The fun outdoor self-guided tour gets people outside to explore 26 sidewalk murals throughout Springfield.
- Clackamas Water Environment Services, the City of Happy Valley, and Portraits in Prose, Ink. partnership to educate the community on ways to protect our streams through artful catch basins and manhole covers.
- IDDE Toolkit for Clean Water Protection Outreach — Developed for agencies with Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits, and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plans, these materials are applicable to your agency, regardless of region or regulatory status.
- Non-flushables Communication Toolkit — A comprehensive communications plan and resources for communities to deploy to educate the public regarding disposable wipes products that should not be flushed down the toilet.
- Auto shops—Preventing Water Pollution — Easy-to-read and understand tips for the prevention of water pollution from auto repair shops.
- Biosolids Fact Sheet — Set out in question and answer format, this detailed fact sheet reviews biosolids management programs in Oregon, including the federal and state regulations. Information is provided on the agricultural benefits of biosolids as a sustainable substitute for petroleum-based fertilizers. Good handout for councils, commissions, and neighbors to land application sites.
- Biosolids Media Guide, 4/2013 — Facing a television camera or radio interview about biosolids? Use this media guide to effectively avoid the ‘yuck factor’ and communicate clearly on biosolids issues; practice good answers to questions you are likely to be asked.
- Breweries—Sustainable Brewing Brochure 2016 — Updated by the ACWA Pretreatment Committee in 2016, this new Sustainable Brewing brochure highlights pollution prevention techniques in each step of the brewing process.
- Stormwater Education Campaign Evaluation — Presentation by Wendy Edde, City of Bend, to the Stormwater / Education / Groundwater Committees meeting, 2/10/16.
- City of Gresham—Oregon Public Behavior Survey Compilation — Presentation by Keri Handaly, City of Gresham, to the Stormwater / Education / Groundwater Committees meeting, 2/10/16.
- Clean Water Tips for Businesses (print), Clean Water Tips for Businesses (electronic) — The ACWA Groundwater Committee developed this tri-fold, color brochure to inform businesses and industry about protecting groundwater and actions to keep pollutants out of Underground Injection Control (UIC) systems. The brochure is designed to be customized by adding contact information for the local utility on the back panel.
- See a Directory of Unwanted Drug Dropoff Locations in Oregon ver. 10.8.19. – Unwanted and unused drugs can be accepted for environmentally sound disposal at law enforcement agencies. An inventory of law enforcement agencies providing this service is provided. A map of the collection sites, provided by PPRC, can be found here.
- Fats, Oil and Grease Control – (Regional Preferred Pumper Program). Information on the Preferred Pumper Program is available on their website.
- Freeze the Grease—Grease Scrapers and Kits – These kits include a plastic grease scraper, a lid that will fit three different sizes of metal cans and an easy-to-follow instruction card in English and Spanish that you can stamp your city/utilities logo on. The scraper and lid both say “Freeze the Grease, Save the Drain” and “Brought to you by your local sewer utility.” A single (1) kit is available to non-members—use the ‘contact us’ button on their web site and request a grease scraper kit to be mailed to you. Please provide us with your postal mailing address. To have larger amounts of the kits printed and/or have them printed with your organization’s name, contact the GiGi Goff Company in Beaverton, OR at (503) 646-3191 or contact them by e-mail.
- Grow Smart, Grow Safe – A new app lists more than 1,000 lawn-garden chemicals, offers natural gardening tips. Now there is an easy way for consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest to make smart choices in lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment: The Grow Smart, Grow Safe® app. Products available in area stores are rated low, medium or high hazard to help shoppers make smart choices. Take this tool to the store or out to the garage and find out how your favorite lawn and garden products rate. The app even offers great tips on gardening without pesticides. Download for free at the iTunes App Store. The app was created by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County; Portland Metro; and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, to provide reliable, science-based information to all consumers.
- Print Shops – Preventing Water Pollution – Easy-to-read and understand tips for prevention of water pollution from print shops.
- Protecting Your Watershed – An illustrated color brochure outlines in simple terms how everyone can help protect their watershed. Oregon focused. Quantities of this brochure, both in English and Spanish, are available by contacting ORACWA’s offices.
- Review of Stormwater Education Effectiveness – DHM Research, 2/14 – DHM Research has completed a review of stormwater education effectiveness and outlined a series of recommendations to improve stormwater education. The report was jointly funded by contributing ACWA stormwater utility members and ACWA dues.
- Trap the Grease brochure – English – Tri-fold color brochure with big pictures that include tips for food workers to reduce fats, oils, and grease from reaching the sewer system.
- Trap the Grease Brochure – Spanish – Folleto triple del color con los cuadros grandes que incluyen las extremidades para que los trabajadores del alimento reduzcan las grasas, los aceites, y la grasa de alcanzar el sistema de alcantarilla. (traducción española).
- Vehicle Washing – Preventing Water Pollution – Easy-to-read and understand tips for preventing water pollution when washing vehicles.
- Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling Education: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices – From Oregon Metro, an agency that works with communities, businesses, and residents in the Portland metropolitan area. Metro initiated production of this document to share resources and increase internal knowledge related to best practices in education for waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and disposal, with a goal of effectively using limited staff resources to achieve measurable outcomes.