Community participation refers to the ability and opportunities for community members to participate directly in the decision-making activities that steer the development of the community. Participating in community decisions gives ownership to community members and empowers people to develop their own community.
Through citizen science, the rain barrel auction, and other voluteer positions, the Elkhart River Restoration Association utilizes community participation to make a difference in the Elkhart County watershed and bodies of water. Community involvement is also crucial to provide funds to fund projects which would benefit the whole community. Basically, real environmental change can't happen until there is involvement from everyone in the community and education for all in all areas of environmental practices.