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IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

The project will be implemented in the following steps:

• The Swiftbird community, in partnership with the People and Water Coalition, will seek funding from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe TECA funds

• The community shall plan an on-the job training event over three months, in which a small team of experts from Slovakia will completely train as many as 80 Cheyenne River tribal members in the philosophy and action behind the Blue Alternative Project.

   During this phase of implementation, a water ambassador, and a water foreman will be appointed from the Swiftbird community, and they shall take the lead on the project implementation.

   The position of water ambassador lies in coordination of project preparation, monitoring and evaluation. The water foreman is responsible for the project implementation and the quality of the works carried out in the field.

• The selection, preparation, reviewing the quality of the subprojects implemented is secured by the office of the project executive officer consisting of the expert team of the People and Water NGO. The project executive officer’s office team consists of 5 People and Water NGO experts and 15 Lakota assistants. This model has been chosen to make the representatives of the Lakota nation vocationally grow through the project and consequently take over the responsibility for the project continuation including all administration after two years of its implementation.

• The restoration measures will be implemented in the individual territories of the communities and will retain rainwater in the landscape ecosystems, for example:

1.   infiltration pits and strips along roads,
2.   contour plowing across erosional lines,
3.   retention ponds in ditches at road sides,
4.   infiltration strips on borderlines of forest and agricultural lands,
5.   leveling and damming gullies,
6.   contour trenches, pits, retention ponds, wetland restoration,
7.   wooden, stone and soil check dams from 1-3 feet high,
8.   building rain gardens (planted depression areas that allow rainwater to soak into the ground),
9.   collection of rainwater runoff from compacted surfaces by vegetation,
10. building green roofs, collection and making use of rain water on roofs.