Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust – Marquette, MI
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is an award winning Great Lakes non-profit organization that has set national records for pollution prevention and implements innovative, science-based programs that achieve documented environmental, economic and educational results. The SWP staff includes biologists, planners, technicians and educators who provide creative, science-based solutions for a wide range of Great Lakes challenges facing communities and watersheds across the Upper Peninsula. The SWP Mission: to protect and improve the natural resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a watershed basis; by promoting responsible individual and community actions that ensure a sustainable environment, encourage a sustainable economy and help improve quality of life.
The Watershed Research and Training Center – Trinity County, CA
Since 1994, the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, CA has been working to improve our community and our place. By realigning our relationship to the landscape we have the opportunity to grow a sustainable community. Trinity County, where Hayfork is located, is a remote county that is 85% public land. This creates both opportunities and challenges as we envision and implement projects in the dry evergreen forests of the southern Klamath-Siskiyou bio-region.
We have the opportunity to steward not only the resources we rely on locally, but a vast forest that provides benefits to all Americans. At the same time, we are challenged by public policy that does not always honor the role of local communities in land management. The Watershed Center invests in growing our community’s ability to perform professional stewardship by training local workers, using current science, connecting researchers and land managers, and by elevating the public’s awareness about natural resource issues. In all of our work we strive to support and grow the local economy and culture, and enhance ecological resilience.
Nez Perce Tribe – Lapwai, ID
The Nez Perce Tribe is a federally recognized tribe located in north central Idaho. The Tribe’s government is composed of the Natural Resources and Fisheries Departments, each of which is made up of many Divisions. These Divisions focus on delivering resource management services and participating in the planning, implementation, and decision-making of land management activities affecting Treaty lands, as well as usual and accustomed territories. The Water Resources Division (WRD) is within the Department of Natural Resources.
The WRD was established in the 1990’s to monitor water quality throughout the Reservation and to protect water quantity through the Snake River Basin Adjudication efforts. The Division has since expanded to include stream and wetland restoration from non-point sources, wetland inventory and research, renewable energy research and implementation, solid waste cleanup, and other similar programs. The WRD works with local, state, and federal agencies to protect and improve water resources through policy and on-the-ground implementation and currently employs 15 professional staff members.
Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance – Greeneville, TN
The mission of the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance is to educate and involve the community through establishing public-private partnerships to develop and implement action plans to preserve, protect, and improve the watersheds in the Middle Nolichucky Watershed. Simply put, the enduring purpose of MNWA is to restore and protect the waters of Greene County and to educate the public in ways to improve water quality. MNWA is staffed by executive director Paul Hayden and Americorps Member William Nissley. MNWA has a variety of active projects in Greene County, Tennessee; such as stream bank restoration, rain gardens, canoe trails, and tree planting projects.
City of Bath, ME – Bath, ME
Nestled along the sparkling Kennebec River, the City of Bath, Maine is a small jewel of a city that promotes the perfect mix of old seafaring history, vibrant daily life, and a strong sense of community. Long known as the “City of Ships,” Bath finds its soul and identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath’s shipbuilding roots define its character.
Bath was listed as one of the “Best Small Cities in America,” was deemed a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and recently received recognition as a “Preserve America Community” for our dedication to historic preservation and education. The city is also a “Main Street” community and have been acclaimed for the unique and interesting shops, events, and opportunities in it’s thriving historic downtown.
Seneca Trail Resource Conservation & Development Council – Ellicotville, NY
Since its founding in 1968 and its incorporation in 1991, volunteers of the Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council have worked with communities, agencies, individuals and groups to implement projects that fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life in Western New York. In the last five years the RC&D Council has successfully completed over 50 natural resource based projects benefiting thousands of people in the area. Projects that have been implemented vary from working annually with 10 agricultural producers to develop Managed Intensive Grazing plans; to working with local Conservation Districts to install erosion control best management practices in road ditches, stream crossings and along stream banks; to developing forestry education programs for school children and adults; to planning nutrient recycling, community gardening and agricultural tourism projects. The Council’s mission is to protect and improve the condition of the natural resources in the five counties they serve.