(note from the editor: I should have gotten this in before the holidays- sorry Rowan)
The SMILE Station was at full-capacity on the evening of December 1st for Crystal Springs Community Workshop—an event intended to encourage dialog around the unique natural resources in our backyard and generate momentum for the multi-pronged effort to bring healthy native salmon runs back to Crystal Springs Creek through a community-directed vision.
After the presentation the students facilitated four breakout groups:
- Salmon in the City — explored the multiple meanings and significance of salmon in an urban setting.
- Community Resource Investment — was a discussion about how community resources should be directed.
- Crystal Springs as an Educational Tool — identified different educational aspects that relate to the creek.
- Everyday Stewardship — looked at ways to reduce one's impact on the watershed.
This venue was a wonderful example of how a community can come together to share thoughts and ideas about how natural resources can be used as a focal point to improve local livability and create a sense of place. The hope is that this is just the beginning of a continued effort to use local energy and enthusiasm to shape the future of Crystal Springs.