The goal of this program is to spark and support successful collaborative relationships by bringing together likely and unlikely partners to reach and surpass each group’s goals. The graphic above shows the many partners that could and should be part of collaborative efforts to protect drinking water sources.
When people think of groups in charge of protecting clean water, most think of water utilities. But land trusts, municipalities, lake associations, fire departments, schools, and other entities also have an interest in a clean water supply for their communities. For example, conserving forests around a water source is key to ensuring clean drinking water, and land trusts already work to conserve land as part of their mission. The mission of lake associations is to preserve and protect water quality, recreation opportunities, and scenic areas for the public. Other entities have similar missions, and while each group has a set of abilities and activities they carry out as part of their work, the key area of overlap is to protect and ensure clean water.
More often than not, these groups work independently of each other and as such, may not accomplish as much water protection work as they could if they worked collaboratively.