Working Groups

To accomplish our goals and increase involvement, the Coalition has employed the use of working groups. Each working group forms under one of eight categories to accomplish a specific goal or develop a certain product. Any Coalition member can join any working group. If you are interested in getting involved, reach out to the contact provided for that group below.

Each working group will have a Champion who will take the lead on facilitating the group and will serve as the liaison between their working group and the Executive Committee. Working groups will self-organize to identify their own roles, tasks, and timelines, and will communicate with the Executive Committee about their progress.

Not all working groups need to be active at the same time, and there could be multiple working groups under a single category. The following chart displays the current working group categories. See below to learn more about active and inactive groups.

Active Groups

Public Outreach

The Public Outreach Group aims to advocate for and support GSI/LID public education by making locally-relevant GSI/LID resources available to municipalities, public agencies, educators, and property owners.

Contact: Steve Glass – jstvglass@gmail.com

Monitoring and Data Collection

The goal of this working group is to develop a series of basic monitoring and assessment tools to assist in measuring the effectiveness of regional GSI and LID projects. Focus will be to establish general metrics that will help document performance, improve future design, and advance the knowledge base of successful design and implementation with evidence of proven performance.

Contact: Jodey Kougioulis – Jodey.Kougioulis@state.nm.us

Awards and Resources

The Awards and Resources group is working to identify, communicate, and recognize GSI/LID projects in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. We will do this by developing a searchable GIS map/database of projects, creating a rubric to evaluate site scale and master plan projects, organizing an awards program and event to recognize exceptional projects, and publishing an accompanying booklet that communicates successful projects to the public.

Contact: Tess Houle – tess.houle@gmail.com

Communications

The Communications group aims to increase the visibility of GSI and other LID sustainable features (via but not limited to the website, social media, and an e-newsletter) while reaching diverse audiences.

Contacts:

  • Google Group: Steve Glass – jstvglass@gmail.com
  • Website: Sarah Hurteau – sarah.hurteau@tnc.org
  • Social Media: Jitka Dekojova – jitkad@dpsdesign.org

Inactive Groups

Higher Education

To learn more or get involved, contact Judith Phillips at judphil@nmiacom

This working group is not currently active, but we have lots of ideas and are open to others. Contact us if you’d like to join the effort!

Ideas:

  • Create a GSI Maintenance Certification Program with the CNM Ingenuity Group (work with either the national GSI maintenance certification program OR Watershed Management Group) – first target groups are public agencies/ stormwater managers
  • Coordinate guest speakers on GSI/LID for CNM/UNM classes
  • Connect with students who are working on research projects on a GSI/LID topic

Contractor Maintenance and Education

To learn more or get involved, contact Phillip T Taccetta at pjtaccetta@gmail.com

Ideas:

  • Develop trainings
  • Provide design feedback
  • Produce videos, pamphlets, and other education materials

Policy

To learn more or get involved, contact Sarah Hurteau at sarah.hurteau@tnc.org

Ideas:

  • Attend and facilitate meetings and events
  • Propose policy recommendations
  • Plan reviewer education
  • Advocate for incentives to include GSI/LID in devlopment

Technical Guidance

To learn more or get involved, contact Vince Steiner at vsteiner@bhinc.com

Ideas:

  • Develop trainings for professionals or for client education
  • Develop standard details
  • Produce a manual
  • Assist Policy Working Group with policy recommendations