TASC trainings bring communities together for shared learning experiences. Our trainings enhance community knowledge about environmental issues, technical and scientific concepts, and regulatory and procedural issues. Our workshops make sure that community leaders have the information needed to respond to high-priority concerns.
Case Study: Water Quality Outreach Builds Capacities, Protects Public Health
San Luis Valley, Colorado
In 2007, EPA collaborated with local citizens to test household wells in the San Luis Valley. When sampling indicated that some wells contained bacteria, arsenic and other contaminants, EPA sought a way to provide training and outreach materials. The materials would effectively communicate with area communities regarding local water quality, safe drinking water practices and water treatment options.
TASC worked with the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, a local non-profit organization, to create training and outreach materials. We developed information resources, radio programs and training for valley residents and county public health nurses. Educational handouts showed well users how to safeguard well water for consumption. Radio shows increased awareness and understanding region-wide. Following the project’s training, nurses were better prepared to respond to health concerns and provide preventative health information to their patients. Overall, the materials resulted in a greater understanding of available resources and ground water quality throughout the valley.
Community materials developed under the TASC program for the San Luis Valley project: