Map of the Wate System

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Imagine having the ability to visualize and describe the complex parts and relationships that make up a system.  To better understand our relationship with water, over 100 participants worked together in 2015 to create a system map.

It looks like a U.S. flight patterns map, doesn't it?


The system map has our goal at the center, surrounded by the major drivers we identified to create a culture of clean water.

The solid arrows represent reinforcing relationships.  The dotted arrows represent the opposite.

Using this map, we prioritized key map elements to identify "levers" or key opportunities for working together to improve the system.  The levers are:

  • Articulating the Value of Clean Water

  • Public Awareness

  • Ease of Action

  • Ability to Enforce the Law

  • Solutions Return on Investment (ROI)