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									                         ANNUAL PLAN OF WORK TEMPLATE

1.) Planning Calendar Year: 2010

2.) Title of Project: Master Gardener Rain Garden Project

3.) Type of Plan: Annual work plan

       Individual plan       Name of Individual:

       Team plan             Team Name:

                             Name of Team leader:


4.) Goals and Initiatives

   Projects should fit within the goals & initiatives of WSU Extension. Indicate the primary
   goal and/or initiative on which your project will focus (you may select no more than one
   goal, one initiative or one goal and one initiative):

   Programming Goals: (Select one box only)

       Create and Sustain Vibrant Communities and Urban Neighborhoods
       Create and Sustain Businesses, Jobs, and the Economic Vitality of Washington
       Enhance Natural Resources and Environmental Stewardship
       Enhance Economic Opportunities for Agricultural Enterprises While Protecting
       Washington’s Resources
       Improve Health and Wellness of the Residents of Washington
       Empower Youth and Families to Achieve Social, Economic, and Educational
        Success
       Enhance Energy Security of the PNW through Increased Efficiency and
       Application of Renewable Energy Resources

   Organizational Initiatives: (Select one box only)

       Strengthen WSU Extension’s capacity to Address Critical Urban Issues
       Strengthen WSU Extension’s Role as an Integral Part of the University
       Increase the Diversity of WSU Extension’s Faculty, Staff, Volunteer Base, and
        Those We Serve
       Create a Premier Extension Web Presence for Delivery of Educational
        Programming and Materials to Diverse Audiences


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5.) Situation (If this is a team plan, cut and paste the situation statement here from the team plan.
   Modify for local focus if necessary. If this is an individual plan, write the situation statement,
   or cut and paste from a previous year’s plan if the situation has not changed):

   On-site stormwater management is becoming an increasingly important issue in most
   Washington state watersheds. Rain and snow-melt carries pollutants, including fertilizers
   and pesticides, to streams, lakes and rivers. Increased runoff from impervious surfaces in
   urban and suburban areas can affect water cycle timing, causing flooding during storm
   events, and lower stream flows during droughts.

   Master Gardeners have the opportunity to address this issue by promoting rain gardens,
   special infiltration areas designed to soak up runoff from roofs and paving. Rain gardens
   prevent stormwater from directly entering waterbodies, help recharge aquifers, and filter
   pollutants, increasing water quality. Rain gardens can be valuable water-saving landscape
   features, adding property value, but requiring little or no irrigation. Where native plants are
   used, rain gardens may address conservation issues by providing islands of wildlife habitat in
   urban areas.

   To accomplish this project, Master Gardeners need specialized training and support to
   understand stormwater issues, to promote the concept to the public, and to help clients design
   safe and effective rain gardens.



6.) Activities Planned (If this is a team plan, list specific inputs/outputs that YOU plan to
    contribute this year to help the team move toward its planned impacts):

   Inputs:

   Design Rain Garden Workshops suitable for Master Gardener advanced training, and recruit
   attendees.

   Incorporate rain garden information into on-line Master Gardener Basic Training.

   Develop demonstration rain gardens in local communities and promote establishment of
   home rain gardens through workshops, newsletters, and other outreach.

   Support volunteer efforts with increased communication linking volunteers with each other
   and with other entities working on stormwater issues.



   Outputs: (include any major publications – peer reviewed journal articles, abstracts,
           extension publications, etc. - that you plan to complete this year):

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7.) Outcomes Measured (If this is a team plan, list specific outcomes/impacts that YOU plan to
    measure this year to contribute to the outcomes of the team. If you are starting a new project,
    you may only be able to effect learning change in the first year. However, if you have been
    implementing a project for several years, you should plan to measure and report longer-term
    outcomes and impacts. Your plan describes evaluation processes that will help you measure
    these medium or long-term outcomes and impacts):

            Short term outcomes (learning change):

       a. Describe the desired learning change(s) you are seeking to achieve with this plan
          of work.

           Master Gardeners completing Rain Garden training will increase knowledge in
           stormwater issues and on-site treatment.

           Washington communities will have opportunities to learn about rain gardens and
           related issues at workshops, through demo gardens, and through other Master
           Gardener outreach.


       b. Describe the methods you will use in evaluating learning change?

            Pre and Post tests will evaluate knowledge gained from trainings and public
            workshops.




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                Medium term (action change):

            a. Describe behavior or action changes you are seeking to achieve with this plan
               of work.

                 Washingtonians will establish on-site rain gardens on home properties and
                 support community actions to decrease stormwater runoff.

            b. Describe the methods you will use to assess these behavior or action changes.

                 Follow-up surveys, neighborhood level visual assessments.



                Long term (condition change):

               a. Describe the long term goal of this plan of work in terms of condition or
                  situation changes.

               Stormwater runoff will decrease, groundwater infiltration will increase and help
               protect steamflow, water quality will improve.

               b. Describe the methods you will use to assess this goal.

               Stormwater treatment facility records, water quality and quantity data collected by
               state and tribal entities.

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