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Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation through Public Outreach & Education: The City of St. Augustine

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation through Public Outreach & Education: The City of St. Augustine
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Suarez-Murias, Laura
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English

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Adults ( jstor )
Children ( jstor )
Conservation education ( jstor )
Job training ( jstor )
Outreach ( jstor )
Pollution control ( jstor )
Stormwater ( jstor )
Wastewater treatment ( jstor )
Water conservation ( jstor )
Water pollution ( jstor )
Environmental education
Florida--Saint Augustine
Water conservation
Water--Pollution
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Undergraduate Honors Thesis

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As recent times bring to the surface the current need to protect the environment, the topic of water is often discussed. Water conservation and pollution prevention are becoming more and more necessary, however, it seems that public knowledge in these areas are sub-par. The subsequent paper details a project that aimed to increase public knowledge and awareness of water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention in the city of St. Augustine, Florida by targeting city employees, the general adult public, as well as school-aged children. This was achieved through several dynamic and interactive public outreach and educational programs which focused on these critical areas of stormwater pollution prevention and water conservation. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Graduated May 4, 2010 magna cum laude. Major: Civil Engineering
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College/School: College of Engineering
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Advisor: Fazil Najafi

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation through Public Outreach and Education City of St. Augustine By Laura Suarez Murias Graduating Spring 2010 Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Partner: Jarrod S tern Project Advisor: Dr. Fazil Najafi

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ABSTRACT As recent times bring to the surface the current need to protect the environment, the topic of water is often discussed. Water conservation and pollution prevention are becoming more and more necessary, h owever, it seems that public knowledge in these areas are sub par. The subsequent paper details a project that aimed to increase public knowledge and awareness of water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention in the city of St. Augustine, Florida by targeting city employees, the general adult public, as well as school aged children. This was achieved through several dynamic and interactive public outreach and educational programs which focused on these critical areas of stormwater pollution preve ntion and water conservation.

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BACKGROUND hired me as an intern (along with fellow student, Jarrod Stern). The tasks we completed were in a variety of areas, ranging from maint wastewater treatment plant, to meeting National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit measurable goals. Part of the se NPDES measurable goals was doing staff training with the Utility Managers about stormwater pollution prevention in the workplace. For this project, we expanded up on this idea of stormwater pollution prevention by including water conservation, and als o widening our audience base by targeting the general adult public, children of area schools, and continuing with the utility managers all in the city of St. Augustine. Here, in the subsequent discussion, we focus on the education of the adults and the pr ocess followed to meet our goals. PROJECT GOALS The aim of this undertaking was simple to increase awareness and knowledge of stormwater pollution prevention and water conservation of the residents of the city of St. Augustine. Given that we had alread y given in house staff training to all the utility supervisors of the public works department during our time as interns, and because

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their day to day work activities could have a direct impact on stormwater pollution, we began there. This group of superv isors included the managers of both the water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, streets, and meters, among others. Since this group had already gotten training in this area, we focused on specific activities each person could implement or mo dify for each specific job function to minimize stormwater impact and excess water use. We included a handout to each manager in attendance that highlighted the most important points of the presentation, a copy of which is in appendix A. The second grou p of adults targeted was the general adult public of the city of St. Augustine. In order to reach the largest amount of people, it was necessary to work Public Affairs Department. With the Public Affairs Coordinator, a meeting announcemen This presentation covered the basics of water conservation and s tormwater pollution prevention. For each of these two topics, an emphasis was placed on specific changes and adjustments residents could make on their daily activities and on their homes that would result in saving water and preventing stormwater pollutio n. A printed version of this presentation can be viewed in appendix B. Additional information about stormwater pollution prevention and water conservation was made available at the meeting. Although the attendance of this general public meeting was

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not optimal, the presentation was successful in that it demonstrated that public knowledge in this area is lacking. PROJECT CONCLUSIONS Throughout this process, we came to several conclusions concerning public outreach and stormwater pollution prevention. In general, public knowledge on stormwater and stormwater pollution is lacking, and in some cases, adult knowledge was at a lower level than the children. As such, public outreach and education is imperative. Additionally, understanding the target audien ce is integral to the success of any public outreach or education program. Adapting to the varied levels of knowledge and age ranges was necessary to best communicate information to the target group. Although all the project goals that were set were al so met, the project remains open ended in that public outreach and education should continue for optimum results.

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APPENDIX A : Handout for Utility Supervisor Training Front: Back:

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APPENDIX B: Presentation for Public Meeting