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Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds (LMW)

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, The Nature Conservancy 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.  Subjects addressed have included farmer engagement, targeting conservation practices for greatest impact, measuring results, project governance, and scaling up lessons learned.

When Congress created the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in early 2014, opportunities to use watershed-scale approaches to address agriculture-related water quality issues expanded.  The most recent Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds meeting, held in January 2015 in Sycamore, Ill. focused on “Beginning RCPP Watershed Projects.” We sought to distill lessons learned from earlier initiatives, while providing guidance to leaders of new RCPP projects about how to organize and manage their part of this exciting new program.

Download summaries of LMW meetings by clicking on the links below.  

LMW March 2016

LMW January 2015 - List of Participants

LMW November 2013

LMW October/November 2012

LMW November 2011

LMW March 2011