05-18-20 Learn more about SWEAP, Colorado’s New Statewide Water Education Plan

Learn more about SWEAP, Colorado’s New Statewide Water Education Plan

INTRODUCING THE STATEWIDE WATER EDUCATION ACTION PLAN (SWEAP): A COMMON AGENDA FOR WATER EDUCATION’S ROLE IN ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE WATER FOR COLORADO BY 2050

WHY IS WATER EDUCATION CRITICAL?

It’s a simple fact that we can’t live without water. Water is essential to growing our food, fueling our economy, providing recreational opportunity, and supporting our overall quality of life. While we rely on clean, safe water for nearly every aspect of our lives, the long-term sustainability of this critical resource is threatened by increasing demands from a growing population as well as reduced supply from drought and climate change. In Colorado, our ability as a state to sustain our water supplies for the future, and to protect the many diverse values for water, depends on informed and engaged leaders, decision makers, youth and community members who recognize its importance and are equipped to enact policies and adopt behaviors that support wise and careful water stewardship.

WHAT IS THE STATEWIDE WATER EDUCATION ACTION PLAN?

SWEAP is the first-of-its-kind, a water education guide that organizations and individual educators can use to realize the “Outreach, Education and Public Education” goals set forth in the Colorado Water Plan. The framework features 10 key outcomes, related strategies, and examples of actions local entities can take to reach their unique audiences. Developed with the assistance of more than 40 water educators statewide, SWEAP will empower Coloradans to take an active role in their communities and make informed decisions about critical water issues.

BENEFITS OF SWEAP

SWEAP bridges water education gaps across the state and provides opportunities for educators to ensure:

  • Coloradans have the knowledge and skills needed to take an active role in their communities and make informed decisions about critical water issues. 
  • Water education is inclusive and accessible to underrepresented communities.
  • Educators can customize local actions to reach their unique audiences.
  • Opportunities are available to mobilize funding and resources for water education.
  • Baselines and assessment results demonstrate the value of local and regional education activities.

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Background
The Plan
Implementation
Measuring Success
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View the Executive Summary by clicking on the link below.