Background: At GIT4’s face-to-face meeting in December 2013, GIT4 members affirmed that local engagement – engagement from local government, land trusts, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the citizens that live in the watershed – is of utmost importance for the maintenance of healthy waters and watersheds. Thus, the Goal Team decided to form a Local Engagement Workgroup that will encourage local engagement strategies and use GIT4’s roles as aggregators, supporters, and conveners to build capacity for local actors and help further healthy watershed and water protection at the local level.
The Local Engagement Workgroup will focus efforts on the protection of state-identified healthy watersheds by supporting communications and convening forums, engaging local governments, providing access to data and analyses, involving land trusts in healthy watershed protection, and encouraging watershed organizations to integrate resource protection in their strategies.
Renee serves as a member of the Land Data Team which explores the drivers of land use change and forecasts future trends in land use in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Specifically, she is researching alternative development scenarios, and the causes and consequences of different scenarios on water quality. In addition, Renee manages a GIS properties database of protected lands and federal facilities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and serves as a map creator for various CBPO needs.
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