We conducted a needs assessment to identify watershed science training needs for locally elected directors of Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts (NRDs). We interviewed NRD staff and surveyed NRD directors to determine training needs and identify relevant topics and preferred delivery formats. We found that training would be valuable; however, directors are busy, meaning that opportunities for training are limited. Additionally, we learned that directors rely on printed material and other NRD personnel for watershed science information. Therefore, web-based information may be most useful if designed for collaborative learning through hybrid delivery during regular NRD activities. Our findings are relevant to current and future regulatory systems reliant on locally elected boards.
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Gilmore, T. E., Korus, J., Pennisi, L., Martin, D., & Pekarek, K. (2019). Needs Assessment: Watershed Science for Water Resources Directors. The Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.04.10