Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds brings together watershed project directors and other stakeholders to compare notes and share lessons learned about watershed projects. Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, Iowa Soybean Association, and the North Central Region Water Network sponsor LMW meetings to encourage the exchange of information and improve the performance of watershed projects in the Midwest.
A longer-term objective of LMW is to develop a “community of practice” – a group of conservation practitioners who know how to improve water quality through projects applied at a watershed scale. LMW meetings focus on specific subjects essential to successful watershed projects, using formal presentations to support the facilitated discussions that form the core of the meetings.
Opportunities to use watershed-scale approaches to address agriculture-related water quality issues expanded when Congress created the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in early 2014. Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds provides guidance to leaders of new RCPP projects and helps to distill lessons learned from these and other emerging initiatives.
Meeting #9 (November 8-9, 2019, Winona, MN): Measuring Progress Towards Environmental, Social, and Economic Outcomes. Details forthcoming.
Download summaries and presentations of past LMW meetings by clicking on the links below.