Life has cycles, ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Recently it seems that we at the Watershed Committee have been riding a rollercoaster. As you may be aware, we are in a capital fundraising effort for the Watershed Center. At times it seems that the momentum of this effort is sort of stuck on a plateau, and then all of the sudden you get a real boost, one that sends you to the next level. It is during the “plateau” times that you start to assess your situation; are we on target, do people know about our project, do people even care? Success in a capital campaign effort is measured in dollars. It is during those times you may even start to get discouraged. Today I received two little boosts that will motivate me personally to keep pushing towards the goals the Watershed Committee has set before us.


The first little boost came when I visited the Watershed Center site and witnessed some major progress on the Fishing Pier project. We have been battling heavy rain patterns all year that have caused the Valley Water Mill lake to fluctuate rapidly and remain full. We were finally able to get the lake drained down this week to a point where the foundations could be poured. This is huge and will help us meet our grant deadlines that are allowing us to complete this project. This type of progress is tangible and easy to get excited about. 


The second boost came from a not so tangible experience. At a luncheon with fellow “social profit” groups, I met a lady who informed me that the Watershed Committee had impacted her life indirectly through our educational outreach efforts. Often times it is hard to measure the success of your E/O efforts, but every once in a while you run across someone who says:  “thank you for what you do”, “my kids loved visiting the Watershed Center”, “I didn’t know you could save that much water by just shutting off the faucet while I brush my teeth.” Her daughter had a chance to visit the Watershed Center through a summer school program and came home truly excited about water conservation. This excitement affected the whole family. The lady told me that if you reach the kids, you will reach the parents (a philosophy central to the educational efforts of the Watershed Committee). One family was even competing to see who could conserve the most water by taking the quickest showers. What a refreshing experience to know that your organization is contributing to the quality of life Springfield and Greene County residents get to enjoy!