Summative evaluation provides indicators of education and outreach success by documenting and measuring the number of products produced, the number of people who participated in activities and/or implemented management measures as a result of the educational/outreach efforts. See Table of Summative Outreach and Education Progress below:
The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance has helped fund and install 487 rainscaping projects in the watershed. These projects are collectively removing an estimated 188 tons of sediment, 119 pounds of nitrogen, and 23.5 pounds of phosphorus from Deer Creek currently each year! Of these projects, the 21 installed after September 30, 2022 are currently resulting in an estimated reduction of 65 million E. coli counts per day.
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Rainscaping practices can include features such as rain gardens, bioswales, lawn alternatives and trees and shrubs, green roofs, etc. to slow down, soak up and reuse rainwater before it carries pollutants to a local stream. To view photographs of rainscaping by types of projects that have been funded and installed, visit deercreekalliance.org/rainscaping_projects.
More details on accomplishments that have been achieved can be found at deercreekalliance.org/achievements.