This graph displays both the cumulative goal and actual number of community outreach events conducted by Spokane County Water Resources. The graph is a summary of three (3) types of events:
-- Focused educational programs at the Water Resource Education Center
-- Walking tours of the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility
-- Off-site events (e.g., schools, community centers, regional events) where staff provide education services.
NOTE: The 2016 goal represents a 30% increase over the number of actual events in 2015.
NOTE: The 2017 goal represents a 10% increase over the number of actual events in 2016.
NOTE: June 2018 did not meet goal due, in part, to the cancellation of Mead Outdoor Education classes.
NOTE: 2019 was a year of transition with the hiring and training of a new FT educator and the retiring of a PT educator. It felt very busy though our stretch goal still was not accomplished.
Community outreach and education is a key component of the mission of Spokane County Environmental Services. Spokane County residents recognize the value of protecting the area's sole-source drinking water aquifer, the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, and support these education programs through a voter-approved Aquifer Protection Area fee. Tracking the number and type of educational events is an effective way to monitor the existing community outreach program and to plan for improvements.