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Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The Blue River Watershed Association's mission is to restore and protect watersheds through environmental education, community outreach, partnerships, and collaboration.

Target demographics: Water, education, and outreach

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 k-12 students, teachers, and adults

Geographic areas served: Kansas City Metropolitan

Programs: The Blue River Watershed Association's mission is to restore and protect watersheds through environmental education, community outreach, partnerships, and collaboration.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mike S.15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BRWA is a game changer in the Midwest in impacting urban youth and their relationship to water.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

BRWA is a great organization. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a rain garden installation earlier this year. Over the course of the day, I met some very grateful folks from around the neighborhood who were so happy to have BRWA and the volunteers involved to help beautify their neighborhood. The rain garden turned out great!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

BRWA is amazing and is reaching more than 10,000 students and citizens each year teaching them water quality and environmental stewardship. Every day this organization is impacting generations to come and preserving water quality and our world.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Blue River Watershed Associations uses hands on education to connect students to nature. They dive into the adverse effects of pollution in our waterways, and help the students to understand how they can help prevent watershed pollution through best management practices. The kids never forget going to the creek with BRWA staff and volunteers. These field days instill first hand experiences with their local watersheds, as they gather data with professional water testing kits, and help to identify existing aquatic macroinvertebrates as water quality indicators. They are able to analyze this data back in the classroom, to better understand water quality and how we all contribute to our local watershed pollution, but also how we can prevent this pollution by simple best management practices, such as picking up pet waste, or using lawn chemicals wisely. Many of the students are simply amazed when they discover that these watersheds comprise our drinking water, and how easy it can be polluted, as well as, how easy it is to prevent the pollution of our watersheds. This organization educates from the bottom up, seeding environmental consciousness in our students at a young age, and thus, providing them with tools of knowledge to shape a greener world for our future. Highly recommended!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that seems to find creative and educational ways to partner with higher education to impact future teachers. Thank you for all you do for the community, environment and for supporting our teacher candidates.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Blue River Watershed Association (BRWA) and how they help communities beautify their neighborhoods! They identify communities near rivers that have several vacant lots that have become dump sites, overgrown, and misused. With BRWA's project, CPR: Communities Protecting Rivers, they help communities identify 3 lots they would like to cleanup and repurpose. BRWA has corporations that sponsor CPR, so there is no cost to the community. BRWA helps the community decide what they would like to repurpose the chosen lots into, whether it is native plantings, rain gardens, an orchard, natural playground, chipped trail or other natural amendment. BRWA and the community encourages residents to come outside and help cleanup the lots. BRWA contracts with Urban Rangers, another nonprofit that provides job training skills, resume building, and other job soft skills, to underserved young men. These young men help with the heavy work that many residents are unable to do, and they work side-by-side together cleaning up the lots. The end results are beautiful, safe, neighborhoods with increased home values, home grown pride in the residents, job trained young men in the community, and reduced stormwater runoff in the nearby river or stream. Its a win-win-win for everyone! One community leader proclaimed that through CPR all of her dreams were realized in a short 3 months after trying for 12 years! This is just one example of the positive impact of the Blue River Watershed Association!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Blue River Watershed Association (BRWA) has impacted so many youth and adults in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. My son and I love the outreach environmental activities each year and can't think of a more wonderful non-profit in Kansas City.