Protecting Water Quality in Your Community

Author(s): Roberts, C.

Most of us would prefer to ignore sewage. Rarely do we discuss what happens to water after it exits our homes through toilets, sinks, and showers. Yet, it has important ramifications for the rivers and streams that we love. Fresh, clean water is a human right and serves as the lifeline of the earth’s ecosystems. Not only do we drink water, we use it for cooking, cleaning, recreation, fishing, transportation, and commerce. All those uses are jeopardized when surface water is polluted by sewage.

In order to help Gulf residents recognize and address sewage pollution problems in their streams, bayous, and lakes, the Gulf Restoration Network produced Our Water Our Health, A Citizen’s Guide to Sewage Pollution manual and training seminar. The basics of the training include sewage 101, documenting a problem, commenting on permits, how to run a public campaign for clean water, messaging techniques, how to set up a press conference, and many other skills and knowledge based modules. The manual reviews topics such as: how sewage treatment works, law and policy of wastewater, what types of pollution come from sewage treatment plants, how to identify problems in your local water supply, and the basics of how states grant permits to sewage treatment plants. After attending this training, participants will be able to successfully advocate for better wastewater treatment, utilizing tools such as coalition building, media, and the Clean Water Act!


Technical Presentations

  • Delta Water Quality
  • Delta Water and Agriculture
  • Wetlands
  • Water Quality
  • Sediments
  • Non-Point
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Wood Treatment
  • Modeling
  • Soil and Water Treatment


Responsible Site Design: Implementing Innovative Stormwater Management Strategies

The primary goal of the workshop is to create a dynamic learning experience that examines the role of stormwater management in the built environment. The workshop will focus on integrating ecologically sound water management approaches into site design. After the workshop, attendees will be familiar with the following concepts and technical issues:

  • Knowledge of the stormwater treatment chain
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use codes on stormwater management
  • Application of a design process that mitigates the effects of stormwater on-site
  • Knowledge of the relationship between land use codes and design for innovative stormwater management


For information contact:
Jessie Schmidt
Box 9680
Mississippi State, MS 39762