Education & Outreach
The New York City DEP advances watershed protection through active stakeholder collaboration, broad community outreach, and targeted educational programs for upstate watershed residents and downstate water consumers. Watershed education and outreach is a collaborative effort that involves DEP staff working closely with numerous partners to educate, inform, promote, and raise awareness about the importance of the water supply, source water protection, water conservation, environmental stewardship, and sustainability.
Each year, DEP supports and participates in major community events throughout the watershed, including county fairs, festivals, conferences, workshops, and other outreach venues where staff provide informational publications about watershed protection and explain the City’s role as a watershed partner. DEP also conducts numerous school-based watershed education programs and offers regular professional training opportunities for teachers, environmental educators, watershed landowners, local government officials, and various watershed professionals. Common topics covered by watershed education and training programs include land use planning, stream corridor protection, farm and forest management, septic system maintenance, household chemical use, and stormwater management.