Watershed Leaders Network
Support For Local Watershed Groups
Skills and connection for farming neighbors, ag landowners, coordinators and local collaborators who want to do and lead for healthy watersheds
“If you look around, a lot is happening. It starts with someone who sees the watershed-scale issue and wants to do something about it.”
— Dave Vetrano, farmer and former Wisconsin DNR fish biologist
Watershed Leaders Network serves locally-led watershed groups in agricultural watersheds throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin. It is a Fishers & Farmers Partnership program.
Build the Strength of Your Local Team
Activities introduce local groups to people who are working toward similar goals in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Workshops, events and online connections provide opportunities to hear real-life success stories, share experiences, ask questions, build skills and knowledge, and reflect and strategize as local teams away from daily demands.
See the people and action at our most recent workshop here.
Workshop participants go home renewed and ready to accomplish. They’ve established new farmer-led councils, invited neighbors to participate, used and advocated new farming practices, held more frequent watershed group meetings, requested and used water test kits on their own tile lines, monitored streams next to fields, attended others’ meetings to encourage and share expertise, applied for funding, invited NRCS and other agencies to share information, presented to groups, explained their projects to the press, met with legislators, planned and led field days at new sites, and developed watershed planning processes specific to local needs.
Connect with us to receive e-mailed updates about future workshops.
Sherry Fischer, Springfield, MO
John Scherder, Bowling Green, MO
Step Up For Your Watershed
Environmentally-friendly farms, healthy streams, and thriving native fish populations can be the norm, and neighbors are the most powerful influencers for change.
The balance tips to widespread, lasting farm and watershed health when many farm landowners and operators take action in one place at the same time. Using farming methods that reduce erosion and nutrient loss across watersheds creates conditions that allow natural systems to renew themselves, so working lands remain productive and fish thrive for future generations.