Purpose of the WATERS Collaborative
Watershed Academics To Enhance Regional Sustainability (WATERS) is a collaborative endeavor between Sonoma State University and Sonoma County Water Agency to undertake projects that enhance watershed management and academic training of students. The goals of the WATERS Collaborative are to:
- create a trained and local workforce of SSU graduates with knowledge, expertise and interest in water management issues
- increase and broaden SSU students, faculty, and staff contributions to SCWA projects and programs
- enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and the value of the WATERS Collaborative
- establish an administrative structure for an SSU-SCWA partnership that can effectively and flexibly meet the goals of the collaboration
Copeland Creek Pilot Project
Given the interest and activities of both organizations in Copeland Creek, water management issues surrounding Copeland Creek and nearby watersheds are proposed as an initial pilot project for the WATERS Collaborative. The first year goals of the Copeland Creek WATERS Project are to:
- Identify existing interactions between SSU and SCWA
- Identify additional opportunities for engagement surrounding Copeland Creek.
- Engage students and faculty in projects on Copeland Creek as part of existing course work
- Create awareness of Copeland Creek water management issues and the WATERS Collaborative on campus and in local communities.
- Establish an administrative vehicle for SCWA-SSU collaborative projects