A watershed roundtable is a group of people with a vested interest in local water quality. In Virginia, watershed roundtables aren't always identified as "roundtables" per se. For example, they may have such names as the Big Sandy River Basin Coalition, the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the Pure Water 2000 Forum. A roundtable can be the driving force in education, outreach and solutions to restore and protect water quality. Roundtables generally involve a wide range of participants:
They address many common water quality concerns, by:
Roundtables help all participants. Clean water is key to maintaining a high quality of life in Virginia. Through involvement in roundtables, people work as a group to ensure clean water for drinking, for business and for recreation.
Community watershed groups associated with roundtables can be more effective in gaining support from local governments and others to sponsor water quality projects. Partnering with the local roundtable brings a community group into close contact with needed political, technical and financial resources.
Through roundtable involvement, localities' officials can be more aware of funding opportunities, restoration projects and other watershed events taking place in the community. By networking with a watershed roundtable's wide range of interests, multiple resources may be available to support local government projects.
Business leaders taking part in a roundtable can help shape solutions within the watershed. Roundtable meetings with key community members can showcase the water quality contributions of the business community.
Each watershed in Virginia has a roundtable.