ACTION STORIES

What does it take?

See how landowners and farm operators are shifting
to reach production and water quality goals across the basin.

Working Together Locally: A Community Investment for Farms, Streams and Economic Stability

Working Together Locally: A Community Investment for Farms, Streams and Economic Stability

You can have both healthy streams and economic growth. It takes local leaders with diverse expertise working together, ... Read more
Farmers Lead For Healthier Soil and Water

Farmers Lead For Healthier Soil and Water

Post holidays, a farmer in the Upper Mississippi River Basin might choose to sit back and ... Read more
One Missouri Farmer Steps Up To Connect Neighbors, Agencies, and Policy Makers

One Missouri Farmer Steps Up To Connect Neighbors, Agencies, and Policy Makers

Brent Hoerr experienced a Mississippi River flood for the first time in 1973. His Missouri family lost ... Read more
A Case For Collaborative Planning

A Case For Collaborative Planning

When Missouri’s Vandalia Lake registered atrazine levels of 89 parts per billion in 1996, it was ... Read more
Ag Retailers Meet Customer Demand For Fast, Accurate Conservation Planning Tools

Ag Retailers Meet Customer Demand For Fast, Accurate Conservation Planning Tools

Phil Winborn, Johnson County, Iowa farmer, has been around the soil loss equation for a long ... Read more
California Investors Become Passionate Stewards of Iowa Farm Land

California Investors Become Passionate Stewards of Iowa Farm Land

During his years as a practicing physician in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. David Rabinowitz made a decision to ... Read more
At Indian Creek, Collaboration Shifts Local Norms

At Indian Creek, Collaboration Shifts Local Norms

Five years after a local steering committee assembled in Indian Creek watershed for the first time, ... Read more
Wisconsin’s Vetrano: Innovate, Invite Collaboration

Wisconsin’s Vetrano: Innovate, Invite Collaboration

For more 30 years biologist Dave Vetrano turned his energies toward improving streams and fish populations ... Read more
Productive Routine Protects Soil, Reduces Nutrient Loss

Productive Routine Protects Soil, Reduces Nutrient Loss

Dan Brandt always wanted to be a farmer. Even on this brisk day, after hours of ... Read more
Develop a Clear Lease Arrangement

Develop a Clear Lease Arrangement

Matt Russell, resilient agriculture coordinator for Drake University Agricultural Law Center, says he frequently hears from farm landowners who ... Read more

Shared Work

We need all kinds of expertise to renew our streams, farms, and communities.
Day by day, these people are reweaving our stories and habits on the land. They bring data, farming expertise, knowledge of land and water, good tools, communications skills, business sense, and love for people and place.

Add people you know.

Fishers and Farmers
Sheila Harmes

Trempeuleau, WI
Water planner, Whitewater farmer-led
council coordinator

Fishers and Farmers
James Theler

La Crosse, WI
Archeologist, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Duane Wirt

Lewiston, MN
Farmer, watershed district manager

Fishers and Farmers
Eric and Paul Kreidermacher

Altura, MN
Farmers, engineers, biofuels advocates

Fishers and Farmers
Mark and Connie Johnson

Leland, IA
Landowners, conservation stewards

Fishers and Farmers
Anne Queenan

St. Paul, MN
Writer, producer, listener, documentarian

Fishers and Farmers
Mark Vehlewald

Naperville, IL
Paddler, river advocate, ag business leader

Fishers and Farmers
Reggie McLeod

Winona, MN
Fisher, paddler, motorboater, publisher of only indie river magazine in the world

Fishers and Farmers
Willis Van Norman

St. Charles, MN
Farmer, teacher, volunteer water quality monitor

Fishers and Farmers
Sharon Stevenson

Pelham, MA
Designer, illustrator, kayaker

Fishers and Farmers
David Schmidt

Winona, MN
Forester

Fishers and Farmers
Ken Lubinski

Brownsville, MN
River ecologist, fisherman, author, advocate

Fishers and Farmers
Katherine Logan

Rochester, MN
Geologist, kayaker, collaborator

Fishers and Farmers
Amy Smith

Holmen, WI
Accountant, river rat, outreach lead

Fishers and Farmers
Natalie Siderius

Winona, MN
Planner, economic development lead

Fishers and Farmers
Shaina Keseley

Rochester, MN
Gardener, hiker, kayaker, camper, family adventurer, watershed project manager

Fishers and Farmers
Mary Jo Webster

Onalaska, WI
Fisher, kayaker, erosion control specialist, NASECA board member

Fishers and Farmers
Justin Carroll

Winona, MN
Fisher, IT specialist, advocate

Fishers and Farmers
Patrick Moore

Montevideo, MN
Paddler, floodplain forest explorer, conversation starter, friend to explorers

Fishers and Farmers
Sherry Fischer

Jefferson City, MO
Biologist, River-lover, proud steward

Fishers and Farmers
Steve Baker

La Crosse, WI
Business manager, sustainability advocate

Fishers and Farmers
Tim Hoff

St. Charles, MN
Business owner

Fishers and Farmers
Sara Lubinski

Brownsville, MN
Painter, biologist, advocate

Fishers and Farmers
Jack Roberts

Rollingstone, MN
Real estate broker, mayor, watershed district manager

Fishers and Farmers
Barb and Joel Mielke

Preston, MN
Land stewards

Fishers and Farmers
Rod Ofte

Coon Valley, WI
Business leader, farmer, grazing advocate, veteran

Fishers and Farmers
Jake Overgaard

Winona, MN
Educator, ag production

Fishers and Farmers
Jeff Moorhouse

La Crosse, WI
Business owner, landscape architect

Fishers and Farmers
Mike Charron

Genoa, WI
Excavator, trail builder, outdoor enthusiast

Fishers and Farmers
Nancy North and John Gaddo

Lanesboro, MN
Communicators, workers, gardeners, placemakers

Fishers and Farmers
Peter Bemis

La Crosse, WI
Landscape architect, gardener, horticulture program lead, kayaker

Fishers and Farmers
Judd Steinback

La Crosse, WI
Dad, landscaper, paddler, cross country-skier

Fishers and Farmers
Carlus Dingfelder

Rollingstone, MN
Farmer, outdoor activities enthusiast

Fishers and Farmers
Matthew Mitro

Madison, WI
Scientist, fisher, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Karen Wilke

Ames, IA
Biologist, watershed project manager, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Brian Todd

Kirksville, MO
Scientist, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Adam Kiel

Des Moines, IA
Scientist, gardener, angler, project manager, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Jack Lauer

New Ulm, MN
Fish biologist, project manager, fisher, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Alex Prentice

Columbia, MO
GIS specialist, scientist, gardener, paddler, fisher

Fishers and Farmers
Martin Konrad

Des Moines, IA
Fish biologist, project manager, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Matt Lechner

Carbondale, IL
Forester, project manager, conservationist

Fishers and Farmers
Pam Thiel

La Crosse, WI
Fisher, traveler, gardener, advocat

Fishers and Farmers
Steve Sodeman

Saint James, MN
Farmer, crop consultant, conservationist, advocat

Fishers and Farmers
Heidi Keuler

Bangor, WI
Biologist, fisher, hiker, paddler, camper

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