About the Watershed Education Program
A University of Minnesota Extension resource to assist communities with watershed education and planning. The Watershed Education Program provides community leaders, citizens, and natural resource professionals with knowledge and tools to make informed water and land use decisions to protect and restore the integrity of Minnesota's lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
Extension staff can assist you in developing a comprehensive educational program for your watershed
Working with local leaders and experts, University of Minnesota Extension Watershed Education Program educators help communities develop a coordinated education and outreach plan to reach watershed citizens and stakeholders while simultaneously meeting the goals and obligations of the watershed approach framework. By increasing understanding of local water resource planning, protection, and improvement, communities are empowered to meet their clean water goals.
The Extension Watershed Education Program offers physical and biological science education and assistance with stakeholder involvement, planning, and policy development.
Specific topics offered include:
- Basics of watershed hydrology
- Lake and river systems
- Urban and rural runoff
- Best management practices
- Aquatic invasive species
- Use of native plants to improve water quality
- The role of citizens in watershed planning and Best Management Practices implementation
Extension educators are committed to working with community leaders to holistically address the issues specific to their watershed
State and Federal agencies support a watershed approach for addressing water resource issues within areas bounded by geographic features such as topography rather than political boundaries such as county lines. The program takes the same approach when providing assistance to local community leaders by fostering an understanding of water resource issues on a systems level.
Watershed Education Program educators develop and deliver appropriate customized training and promote collaboration with other local leaders and agencies within a watershed.