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THE GREAT RIVERS PARTNERSHIP brings together diverse stakeholders and best science to work toward sustainable management and development of the world’s most critical river systems.

 America's Watershed Initiative

America's Watershed Initiative

America’s Watershed Initiative is a collaboration that seeks solutions for meeting the multiple demands placed on the vast and complex Mississippi watershed system by integrating issues, partners and ideas at the full watershed scale.

It seeks to build and implement a vision based on collaboration and mutually beneficial outcomes in contrast to single purpose advocacy. It builds upon strong leadership present in many tributary watersheds.

America's Watershed also seeks to link and augment these efforts, creating a broader partnership that can serve as a unified voice for the whole system, and support the effective resolution of issues that span multiple regions—issues such as energy, transportation, water quality and floodplain management.

 Key outcomes include:

  • Build recognition among regional and national leaders about the importance of the watershed and the need for integrated management.
  • Establish an enduring, public-private facilitating entity to connect existing institutions and stakeholders and harness the best science in service of a shared vision and more integrated management of the watershed.
  • Develop and report on measures that indicate progress toward achieving the sustainable management and system-wide health of America’s Watershed.
  • Elevate local and regional projects that demonstrate effective collaboration and integrated strategies that help achieve system-level objectives.
  •  Network with river commissions and similar entities in North America and globally, establishing America’s Watershed as a hub for sharing knowledge and best practices related to the management of large rivers and their watersheds.

Mississippi River Watershed Health Report Card

America's Watershed Initiative is currently working to create a 'report card' to assess the health of key areas in the Mississippi River Basin and track status and progress toward achieving Initiative goals. Learn more about why and how this tool will be used.

2014 Summit: Register Today!

Galt House Hotel | Louisville, KY

September 30–October 2, 2014

2012 Summit Summary: A Vision Moves Forward

America's Watershed invited diverse leaders from the Mississippi watershed to participate in an interactive forum. Learn more and download resources from the event.