Gulf Coast Watersheds and Water Education: Outreach Alignment and Best Practices

Author(s): Clary, R. ;  Brzuszek, R.

Previous research (Fulford, Brzuszek, & Roberts, 2008) assessed the impact of ordinances, outreach, and enforcement on the resiliency of the northern Gulf Coastal watersheds. Four watersheds in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida were selected, and 22 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the target watersheds were surveyed with regards to water quality monitoring, environmental education, and watershed management. Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA) revealed that the most relevant programs for each watershed varied. Whereas Tchefuncte/Bogue Falaya’s NGOs (LA) tended towards a management plan, the Biloxi River Watershed (MS) focused upon conservation easements and managing land restoration. The Fish River Watershed (AL) exhibited more centralized efforts with a tendency toward conservation, partnerships, and policy. The New River Watershed (FL) was strongest toward development review and education. Our current research extended the results of this initial study to investigate how the focus of each watershed reflected or paralleled their state’s educational goals, benchmarks, and grade level expectations. The educational programs were also analyzed for correspondence to the National Science Education Standards. We included those educational outreach programs aimed toward K-12 students, and analyzed the NGOs’ educational products for alignment with state curricula and national science standards. Additional investigation of other watersheds’ educational programs (e.g., Chesapeake Bay) provided benchmarks against which the northern Gulf Coast watershed programs were compared. Our research resulted in the identification and development of best practices for the implementation of effective Water Education programs that include ecology, water management, and water quality focus.


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