Assemble Team

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For a successful wellhead protection plan, it is essential that a concerted effort be made to obtain public input early on and throughout the development process. This next step in the procedure for implementing wellhead protection in your community is the formation of a "Local Wellhead Protection Team" (Team). The Team can serve three very important functions:

1. Ensuring that the concerns of different segments of the community are addressed on an ongoing basis during the entire process;

2. Serving as a focal point for public input during the process of developing a management approach for addressing the wellhead protection area; and

3. Providing a core of leadership for educating the general public and implementing the Wellhead Protection Plan.

DEQ recommends that you seek input from as many diverse interests and perspectives as possible in forming the Team. This will enable broad support from the community. It is suggested that you seek representatives from as many as possible of the following organizations, expertise, and interest areas for the Team:

In many cases, a local Team can be formed by directly soliciting representatives from these organizations. In some (especially small) communities, it may be difficult to find volunteers. In this case, we suggest that an existing board, council, or commission recruit (i.e., appoint) members of the community to serve as Team members. This effort can be facilitated through a series of informational meetings and public outreach.

The first task of the newly formed Team should be to agree upon the objectives and mission. The Team's primary objectives may include coordinating any local informational/educational meetings, planning the inventory strategy, leading the effort to develop an acceptable management approach within the wellhead protection area, and ensuring implementation of the Plan. The primary mission may be to develop and implement a Wellhead Protection Plan that is acceptable to the majority of the community.

The Team should not do all the work, but rather should delegate, coordinate, and integrate the various activities to accomplish each step throughout the development process. Work on the various steps in developing wellhead protection will most likely be performed by either the RMA(s), the Team, a volunteer task force, technical committees, or hired consultants. (This guidance manual includes recommendations on how to most effectively accomplish each step.)

As shown in the wellhead protection process flow chart in Section 1-4, there should be a re-evaluation of the Team after Step 3 (Section 3.3). This will enable you to revise the Team "membership" to ensure representation of all interests affected by the wellhead protection plan based upon the area delineated in Step 3 (Section 3.3). The delineation may, for example, necessitate involving another community or local jurisdiction.

Meetings of the Team should be advertised in a local newspaper, on flyers, or mailings to encourage as much community input as possible. The local media (newspaper, television, radio, etc.) can be extremely helpful in disseminating information about the need for wellhead protection, as well as to inform the public of all activities and meetings as you work through the process.

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