A user-driven outreach strategy has helped keep UNHSC research sharp and provides a unique tool for identifying barriers to implementation of more effective management technologies.
Regular technology demonstration workshops are performed throughout the year. Over 1678 people have attended the 52 workshops over the past 5 years. Workshop participants are wide ranging and include towns, planning and conservation board members, consulting engineers, watershed alliances, state (MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, NJ, RI) and federal DOT, state and federal environmental agencies (MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, NJ, RI), and federal Coastal Training Programs (NEIWPCC, NHEP, MACZM). In 2007 UNHSC and instructional design experts from the Coastal Services Center (CSC) partnered to develop a targeted training on effective stormwater management for the technical design community that is set to be piloted early in 2010. In 2008 UNHSC received funding from the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology to develop a similar training targeted to the municipal and regulatory communities that ultimately bear the economic and environmental burden of poor stormwater management.