Public Education and Outreach
Why Is Public Education and Outreach Necessary?
An informed and knowledgeable community is crucial to the success of a stormwater management program since it helps to ensure the following:
- Greater support for the program as the public gains a greater understanding of the reasons why it is necessary and important. Public support is particularly beneficial when operators of small MS4s attempt to institute new funding initiatives for the program or seek volunteers to help implement the program; and
- Greater compliance with the program as the public becomes aware of the personal responsibilities expected of them and others in the community, including the individual actions they can take to protect or improve the quality of area waters.