The Watershed Leaders Network strengthens local leadership and action in upper Mississippi river basin agricultural watersheds, so farms and fish thrive together.
WLN 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.
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.