The first program, “Getting in Step – Top 10 Outreach Tips that Won’t Break the Bank,” will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 12100 Park 35 Circle.
Registration for this program is $30.
The second program, “Stakeholder Facilitation: Working with Stakeholders to Move the Process Forward,” will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the same location.
Registration for this program is $100.
Both trainings will be held in Building A, Room 172A.
Charlie MacPherson of Tetra Tech, an environmental engineering and consulting firm, will conduct the trainings on watershed stakeholder engagement. MacPherson has authored several guidebooks for stakeholder engagement for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute program specialist and manager for the institute’s watershed program, said the Getting in Step program will highlight practical tips and tools used to effectively engage and involve stakeholders throughout a watershed area.
Dictson said the Stakeholder Facilitation program will address determining who needs to be involved, making meetings count, diffusing conflict, making decisions using a consensus-based approach and sustaining the stakeholder group.
“Outreach is a powerful tool to get stakeholders involved early in the watershed planning process, promoting behavior change and enhancing the implementation of your programs,” she said.
“Stakeholder engagement is more than just holding a public hearing or seeking public comment on a new regulation,” MacPherson said. “Effective stakeholder engagement provides a method for identifying public concerns and values, developing consensus among affected parties, and producing efficient and effective solutions through an open, inclusive process.”
For more information or to register for the trainings, visit http://watershedplanning.tamu.edu .