Center for Watershed Protection

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The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore, and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays. Founded in 1992, the Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's most precious natural resources. The Center has developed and disseminated a multi-disciplinary strategy to watershed protection that encompasses watershed planning, watershed restoration, stormwater management, watershed research, better site design, education and outreach, and watershed training.

The Center works to create viable solutions and partnerships for responsible land and water management so that every community has clean water and healthy natural resources to sustain diverse life. The Center for Watershed Protection’s vision is a nation that has significantly improved the ecological and hydrological condition of its degraded water bodies and has stemmed further degradation of clean water and healthy watersheds. We believe clean water and healthy ecological systems are essential to life on earth.

We envision:

  • A national movement towards a watershed approach implemented by a network of watershed practitioners
  • Communities investing in infrastructure changes that are reflective of the social, environmental, and economic benefits of watershed protection, restoration, and enhancement
  • Land development occurring with minimal impacts to water resources
  • Individuals taking concrete steps to reduce their impact on their local watersheds

so that every community has clean drinking water, and fishable, swimmable waters that support diverse life.

The Center's vision is built upon their unique ability to advance, synthesize and widely disseminate watershed science by translating this knowledge into practical tools and techniques. Through our collaborative spirit and ability to integrate multiple disciplines, jurisdictions, and issues into a comprehensive watershed approach we endeavor to lead the nation in the development and implementation of the most effective stormwater and watershed management practices.