Watershed Restoration in Alabama: Community Partnerships Eve Brantley, PhD, Katie Dylewski, MS, Kaye Christian, MS Alabama Cooperative Extension System Department of Agronomy and Soils Auburn University, AL Education Partnerships Planning Implementation Evaluation Education • Watersheds are systems Education Education • Alabama Smart Yards www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR‐1359/ • ACES Timely Information Articles www.aces.edu/timelyinfo/ Case Study: Little Shades Creek, Vestavia Hills, AL Partners • Ashley Woods Subdivision • Cawaco RC&D Council • AL Dept. of Environmental Management • City of Vestavia Hills • Goodwyn, Mills, Cawood, Inc. • North Carolina State Univ. • North State Environmental, Inc. • Morgan Properties • Auburn University • AL Cooperative Extension System • Others … Planning • • • • What are the key concerns? What can the project address? How much will it cost? Who will do it? Project Goals • • • • Infrastructure protection Water quality improvement Stormwater management Community engagement and involvement Implementation Implementation Implementation Implementation Evaluation Evaluation Evaluation Education • Community tours • Professional development workshops • Signs and media coverage Impact • Shades Creek, Samford University, Homewood, AL Education Thank you!