General Outreach Materials

The Clean Water Education Partnership uses a variety of means to educate the public about thebugs importance of watershed stewardship, including mass media and direct education outreach. CWEP’s mass media efforts include various cinema, internet, and radio campaigns. You can check out our “What We’re Doing” page to find out more about our messages in your area, but if you’re looking for tools you can use on your own to educate your friends and neighbors, you’ve come to the right spot! These materials are great for both kids and adults. They are also available in Spanish here.

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We will be working on updating these materials very soon, so please check back often for new releases!

CWEP Direct Education Outreach

Here at CWEP, we believe that direct education outreach in addition to mass media outreach can have a huge impact on our member communities. CWEP provides useful “face-to-face” services for outreach efforts in its partners jurisdictions. CWEP facilitates lessons for elementary, middle, and high school science and environmental classes. CWEP also provides direct education outreach at fairs, festivals, and annual events in our member communities. CWEP partners with community members for trash clean ups, rain garden education, storm drain markings, environmental education projects and more! Services and resources available include the use of an Enviroscape model, water bar, catch basin model, macro-invertebrate “stream-bed”, Spin the Wheel Game, and the Incredible Journey water cycle game. CWEP also provides educational giveaway’s for its participants during these events which include logo-based stickers, mutt mitt biodegradable dog waste bags, refrigerator magnets, colorful pamphlets, bookmarks, and more! You can learn more about each of CWEP’s direct education services in the categories below.

CWEP has Stormwater education specialists who are available to present hands-on, stimulating, stormwater lessons using various models and services to groups of all ages. The lesson’s length can be tailored to fit your needs. To schedule a service, please refer to the contact page.



An EnviroScape is a molded plastic model of a watershed complete with various types of land use including residential, transportation, agricultural, construction, recreation and forestry areas. The purpose of the EnviroScape is to demonstrate how water pollution can result from a variety of activities and sources in our own backyards and neighborhoods, and how the pollution can impact our water resources. This model is particularly effective at demonstrating to children how rain and water runoff carries pollution over land and into water bodies. It physically demonstrates what the eye can not always see, and can heighten the awareness and importance of the issue. The EnviroScape can also highlight other practices to maintain healthy water quality and raise awareness about general watershed concepts and nonpoint source pollution. The model is designed in so that it can relate to many types of watersheds, covering a variety of land uses making it valuable and pertinent to many communities.

The Incredible Journey


With a roll of a cube, students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle by traveling from station to station- collecting beads and making a bracelet as they go. By the end of this program, students will be able to describe the movement of water within the water cycle as well as identify the states of water as it moves. Check out this student friendly video explaining the processes of the water cycle!

Catch Basin

catch basin

This catch basin model shows the connection between storm drain and creek in a community.

Spin the Wheel!


This wheel helps kids make a connection between stream health and the critters you may find in or near the water!

Water Bar

water bar

Quench your thirst in your local community at this water bar! We provide blind taste tests of your favorite municipal tap water while also educating people about the watershed in which they live. Ever wonder where your water comes from? We have the answers for you!

CWEP Full-Length Stormwater Education Video

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CWEP Pollutant – Specific Stormwater Education Shorts

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CWEP Stormwater Infographic

This colorful and engaging infographic uses the elements from our new videos above to follow the path of stormwater through our communities!

CWEP Printable Brochures

CWEP Postcard on Stream Buffer Maintenance

In November 2008, CWEP mailed 109,383 postcards to owners of parcels with streams in Partner jurisdictions that live in North Carolina about the importance of maintaining streamside vegetation (buffers) with instructions on how to plant a tree. A printable flier is available for distribution (print double-sided with “flip on long edge” and cut in half on grey line). Please contact CWEP if you would like to use a high-quality file. For more information on stream buffers see our blog post too!

CWEP Organizational Brochure

The CWEP brochure is designed to promote good watershed stewardship. It is distributed by our CWEP partners at public events and through the mail. Please contact CWEP if you would like to use a high-quality file.


Slicks are pre-made ads for newspapers that promote our website and remind citizens that what they put on their yards ends up in our waterways. Slicks are generally run simply as filler when a newspaper has a little extra space.

Additional Resources

Our site is filled with information about stormwater, water quality, conservation, and ways to protect our waters from everyday pollution. Be sure to look around!