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Groundwater Guardian communities are recognized annually by The
Groundwater Foundation for their "results oriented activities"
to protect groundwater. Recognition is reviewed annually to assure that
communities continue their groundwater protection activities. The Local
Projects area lists Guardian Communities by county.
to Become a Groundwater Guardian Community
The first step in becoming a Groundwater Guardian Community is the formation
of a local Groundwater Guardian Team representing local citizens, business
and/or agriculture, education, and government. The team could be an
existing organization or a new collaboration. The community may be a
city, township, county, watershed, or other geographic area with a common
interest in groundwater protection.
The role of the Groundwater Guardian Team is to gather information about
local groundwater resources; to raise public awareness of the need for
protection, conservation and pollution prevention; and to encourage
intergovernmental cooperation and the development of policies for protecting
To officially enter the Groundwater Guardian program, the Groundwater
Guardian team submits an entry form to the Groundwater Foundation. Communities
entering the program for the first time can submit their initial entry
form to the Groundwater Foundation at any time during the year. All
forms are available in the on the Groundwater
Foundation site. Teams that apply for recognition will receive a
Groundwater Guardian Assistance Kit to aid in developing plans for activities
to be carried out in the current or following year. A Results Oriented
Activity Plan and Annual Progress Report can be submitted at any time
of the year, but if submitted by August 31, the community will receive
a Groundwater Guardian designation for that year. The ROA and Annual
Report are the basis for determining whether a community meets the criteria
for Groundwater Guardian designation.
After a Community Receives Designation:
An Annual Groundwater Guardian Conference is held in November to recognize
those communities achieving Groundwater Guardian status and to provide
an opportunity for sharing ideas. Communities are encouraged to reenter
each year, building on their experiences and developing ever-broader
partnerships and activities. For continuing designation as a Groundwater
Guardian, a community must:
- submit an Annual Entry Form and proposed Results Oriented Activity
Plan by February 15
- continue on-going activities and/or implement new activities; and
- submit an Annual Progress Report by August 31.
Project Designated a Groundwater Affiliate
The Groundwater Foundation has designated the WREN (Water Resources
Education Network) project as a GroundwaterAffilliate, a new support
program which recognizes projects, such as WREN, working to promote
shared responsibility for groundwater protection.
As a Groundwater Affiliate, WREN will help Groundwater Guardian communities
and other community-based water policy education projects implement
groundwater protection activities. The help WREN provides local communities
includes technical information, consulting services, funding and educational
resource support through our scholarship program, web site, and newsletter.
For information on how WREN can help your community project, call the
WREN Resource Center, 1-800-692-7281.
the Groundwater Foundation
For more information on how to become a Groundwater
Guardian community, contact The Groundwater Foundation at
1-800-858-4844, OR visit The