Improving Public Participation: Stewardship Map and Community Involvement Guide
In 2017, the Lower Passaic River Urban Waters federal partnership created two resources to proactively improve public participation in environmental projects on the Lower Passaic River. The Stewardship Map is designed to help civic organizations network with one another, and the Community Involvement Guide is geared towards agencies seeking to develop robust Community Involvement Plans for their projects.
The Lower Passaic River Stewardship Map helps community and stewardship organizations connect with new organizational partners and collaborate on issues related to the Partnership’s mission. The survey used to create the map asked organizational representatives about their missions, how they reach their membership, as well as where they have ongoing projects. For government agencies, the map can be used to identify community “hub” organizations active within a specific geography. These “hub” organizations who provided data can act as portals to reaching other local stakeholders, as well as their memberships.
Community Involvement Guide
The Lower Passaic River Community Involvement Guide is focused on the formal modes of public input outlined by the National Environmental Protection Act. It is geared towards helping agencies advancing flood-risk management and ecological restoration projects develop robust Community Involvement Plans for their projects. The Guide is not a comprehensive guide to civic organizations and local communication tools in the Lower Passaic River Watershed. Rather, it consists of time-specific reflections from conversations at existing community meetings facilitated by the partnership’s Ambassador, called “Community Snapshots”. The introductory document provides guidance to agencies for how this information can be used within existing planning frameworks for federal projects. Interested in having a “Community Snapshot” created for your organization? Reach out to the Partnership’s ambassador here.