The Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins (MARB) Watershed Leadership Network

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins (MARB) Watershed Leadership Network is an inclusive group of farmer and non-farmer leaders who are working in their communities and states to reduce nutrient pollution to the Mississippi River and shrink the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Through the network, members can build their capacity for leadership in watershed management in the following ways:

  • Build and strengthen relationships with other agricultural leaders and watershed professionals within government agencies, nonprofits, and land grant universities across the region who are also helping to implement state nutrient reduction strategies
  • Expand their knowledge in both the research and practice of agricultural and watershed management
  • Participate in improving the coordination and delivery of educational programming across the region

The network represents the 12 states that are part of the Hypoxia Task Force: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Our work is connected, from Heartland to Gulf

Farmers, fishers, and watershed professionals across the region are working together to address Gulf hypoxia. Watch this video and learn why this matters.

This video showcases the 2019 Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit, an activity of this network.

Join the Network

If you are a farmer, ag industry professional, watershed professional, researcher, or Extension specialist who wants to connect with others around the Basin who are working to protect soil and water resources, we invite you to join the network. There are two ways you can plug in:

1) Engage in the virtual conversation
Join the network listerv to participate in network projects, provide feedback on training opportunities, and share ideas. Request to join by sending an email to join-marb-leaders@lists.wisc.edu.

2) Subscribe to The Mississippi River Confluence Newsletter
Get the latest news, perspectives, and opportunities related to watershed management, policy, research, and funding in the Basin. The Confluence is a quarterly email newsletter. Subscribe >>

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Resources

Human Capital blog series: Gain insights and learn stories that will help you tap your full potential for watershed leadership through this new monthly blog series. Read >>

Training Needs for Farmer Leaders: The network produced a needs assessment of training and programs to cultivate leadership among farmers and farm advisors in promoting and implementing practices that reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loading to waterways in the Basin.

Download the report >>

Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summits: The network has hosted two summits for representatives from across the region to share practical approaches and develop strategies for increasing farmer and farm advisor engagement in watershed management and conservation practices.

Summit Materials: