Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

General engagement topics

Location

2016SSEC

Description

This poster will describe the results of the WSU Shore Stewards program over its 13 year history. The program recruits, educates, and engages shoreline property owners in home and landscape management activities that protect and improve shoreline functions and water quality. The program has regularly surveyed program participants to determine behavior changes as a result of the program, as well as undergone a comprehensive evaluation in 2014/2015, which will be highlighted in this poster. In 2015, WSU re-developed its peer reviewed program materials, which includes new website (shorestewards.wsu.edu), a revised “Guide for Shoreline Living,” and a DVD containing multiple videos that provides specific information and resource information on 10 stewardship guidelines for shoreline living. The program provides a local outreach component focused on shoreline property owners through direct mailings, topic specific workshops, collaborations with county health departments, newspaper articles, outreach booths at community events and shellfish seed sales, as well as through community association meetings and newsletters. In addition a bi-monthly “Shore Stewards Newsletter” is produced with articles on timely topics and also provides information about local shore stewardship events and programs, such as septic system workshops. There are 2100 current Shore Stewards in the Puget Sound Basin, and WSU is expecting to increase that number as funding is available for recruitment and outreach activities.

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Creating a Culture of Shoreline Stewardship in Puget Sound

2016SSEC

This poster will describe the results of the WSU Shore Stewards program over its 13 year history. The program recruits, educates, and engages shoreline property owners in home and landscape management activities that protect and improve shoreline functions and water quality. The program has regularly surveyed program participants to determine behavior changes as a result of the program, as well as undergone a comprehensive evaluation in 2014/2015, which will be highlighted in this poster. In 2015, WSU re-developed its peer reviewed program materials, which includes new website (shorestewards.wsu.edu), a revised “Guide for Shoreline Living,” and a DVD containing multiple videos that provides specific information and resource information on 10 stewardship guidelines for shoreline living. The program provides a local outreach component focused on shoreline property owners through direct mailings, topic specific workshops, collaborations with county health departments, newspaper articles, outreach booths at community events and shellfish seed sales, as well as through community association meetings and newsletters. In addition a bi-monthly “Shore Stewards Newsletter” is produced with articles on timely topics and also provides information about local shore stewardship events and programs, such as septic system workshops. There are 2100 current Shore Stewards in the Puget Sound Basin, and WSU is expecting to increase that number as funding is available for recruitment and outreach activities.