Click the links below to view recorded sessions:
RCPP Updates and Advice from Lead Partners
Estimating Outcomes for RCPP Projects
Sand County Foundation's Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds is a popular forum for professionals who lead projects that reduce agricultural runoff in watersheds of the central United States.
Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds is developing a “community of practice” among conservation practitioners who work to improve water quality with landowners, agencies, and businesses, one watershed at a time.
The annual LMW meeting series features presentations and facilitated discussions on subjects essential to successful watershed projects. Examples include: farmer engagement, geospatial planning tools, project financing, and water quality monitoring. To date, more than 300 attendees from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond have participated, including many watershed projects supported by state nutrient reduction programs and USDA-NRCS Landscape Conservation Initiatives.
For more information on the LMW program, view this summary.
Save the dates! Sand County Foundation and partners are hosting two in-person Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds events later this year. You can choose the location nearest you. Each will be 1.5 days, with a similar format as prior events. We’ll share agendas and registration info this summer.
November 2-3, 2023: West Lafayette, Indiana
November 8-9, 2023: Mason City, Iowa
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Sand County Foundation is a collaborator in The Confluence for Watershed Leaders. This online networking platform is for conservation practitioners and farmers who are involved in watershed work to connect with peers, share advice and opportunities. This growing community of people are working to achieve healthy watersheds and thriving communities near the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Join the online community.
In 2020 we completed a detailed survey of 103 watershed project leaders in the Upper Midwest. The survey explores professional development needs and learning and networking opportunities among this community. Read about the results in this blog post.
2022, Fort Wayne, IN: Effective Partnerships
2022, Prairie du Chien, WI: Cultivating Leadership
2021, Virtual LMW Lite: Water & Climate Co-benefits
2020, Virtual: Effective Communication in Changing Times
2019, Cedar Rapids, IA: Conservation and Farm Profitability for Watershed Health
2018, Winona, MN: Measuring Progress Towards Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes
2017, Moline, IL: Social Science and Farm-Level Decision Making
2016, Dubuque, IA: Economic Drivers in Agriculture and Watershed Management
2016, Milan, IL: Implementing state nutrient reduction strategies: RCPP and soil health
2015, Sycamore, IL: Beginning Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects
2013, Madison, WI: Project organization and governance
2012, Ankeny, IA: Engaging farmers and scaling up lessons learned from watershed projects
2012, Stevens Point, WI: Making Projects Work
2011, Ankeny, IA: Measuring results
2011, La Crosse, WI: Goals, project design, and the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI)