Building Capacity for Watershed Leadership and Management in Twelve Mississippi River Basin States

Great Lakes to Gulf Summit
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins (MARB) Watershed Leadership Network is hosting a 2019 Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit – February 20-21, 2019 in Long Beach, Mississippi.  Attendees will continue the conversations started at the 2018 summit about increasing and supporting farmer and farm advisor watershed leadership, share examples of how states have quantified activities aimed at reducing nutrient loss, hear from leaders in the gulf fishery industry, and expand their collaborative efforts to reduce nutrient loss to the Mississippi River. The results of the summit will be shared broadly with the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force and the land-grant SERA-46 committee.

The MARB Watershed Leadership Network works to  enhance learning among farmer and non-farmer leaders engaged in watershed management across Hypoxia Task Force member states in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins (MARB).

The network is drawing from existing watershed training programs and successful farmer-led watershed efforts and bringing the best of those programs to high priority watersheds in Hypoxia Task Force member states.

In addition, the network is working to:

  • Strengthen relationships among watershed leaders, agricultural leaders, and state and federal agencies addressing nonpoint source pollution to improve implementation of state nutrient reduction strategies
  • Expand the knowledge base by coupling high-quality agricultural and watershed management research with practice-based knowledge of farmers and watershed leaders
  • Improve coordination and delivery of educational programming across much of the MARB

To date, the network has conducted a preliminary needs assessment of watershed training programs and programs that cultivate farmer and farm advisor leadership in increasing nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency in the 12 HTF states.

The network also hosted a Great Lakes to Gulf Watershed Leadership Summit in February, 2018 in Memphis Tennessee. The Summit included representatives from across the region who outlined practical approaches for increasing farmer and farm advisor engagement in watershed management and established strategies for increasing conservation practice adoption. A summit agenda and list of summit attendees is available for your reference.

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