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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    What is the Cycle of Getting Good Environmental Projects Done on the Ground?
  2. Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  3. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  4. Keeping a timelog
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Who is a Water Protector
  6. Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  7. Tracking your Journey
    Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  8. What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  9. Scavenger Hunt
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  11. How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  12. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    What is a Watershed and Watershed Hydrology?
  14. Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  15. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  17. Restoring streams
  18. Erosion Control
  19. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    Why it's important to share what we find
  21. How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  22. Learning From the Past
    How to Interview an Elder
  23. Resources and Interview Prompts
  24. Become a Leader
    Community organizing for improved watershed health
  25. How to build a strong team
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Who is a Water Protector

September 13, 2023

Who is a Water Protector?

Do you love fishing, hunting, boating or swimming? Then you probably want to become a water protector. Being a water protector is standing up for water everywhere, and the best thing about it is that anyone who knows that water is life can be one. Unfortunately our water is threatened in many ways; the sources from which we get our water i.e. the river, the mountain snow runoff, and our underground aquifers are not recharging as fast as we are using them. Climate change caused droughts and fires are also a threat to our water sources, causing drought events and pollution from fire debris. The ways that we protect water are by restoring unhealthy streams and riparian areas, planting vegetation and building erosion control structures so that ecosystems can be resilient against droughts, monitoring forests to prevent wildfires, making others aware of the issue and voicing our concern to our political leaders to ask for help. 

Where did the term “water protector” come from?

The first water protectors emerged from the uniting forces of the Nodapl movement. The Nodapl movement was in response to the construction of an oil pipeline named the “Dakota access pipeline”- 1,172 mile long pipeline that runs through western ND to southern IL underneath the Mississippi and Missouri river and under lake Oahe near the Lakota reservation. This pipeline construction undermined a treaty that protected a burial ground of the Lakota people, but the threat of leaking oil also undermined the bodies of water mentioned. Pipelines are a fast way to transport oil underground but instead of avoiding these important water sources, the company decided to build it right over. Since then the oil pipeline had leaked many times, polluting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and lake Oahe, which is relied upon by millions of people. Situations like this one is why its important that people all around the country know what’s going on. If we don’t take action to protect our water than millions of people could be drinking and using polluted water, which can cause diseases and disabilities. 

The four RE’s of being a water protector

Be a watershed superhero attending to healthy function and processes for land and community to thrive together. Be:

  • REgenerative
  • REsilient
  • REstorative
  • REspectful