Mission and Vision





The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore, and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays. We 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 hydrologic condition of its degraded water bodies and has stemmed further degradation of clean water and healthy watersheds. We believe clean water and healthy natural resources are essential to life on earth.


We envision:


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


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


Our vision is built upon our 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.




NEW! Read the July 2015 issue of the
Watershed Science Bulletin. Click Here!



The Mysterious Silt Influx of Hawkins Cove...




Zombie Invasion! When plants attack...

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Read the March 2015 issue

of Runoff Rundown CLICK HERE!


Facts and Myths about Maryland's "Rain Tax" 

How much do you know about the stormwater fees and how they help protect our watersheds? Read the article and then check out our white paper:

The Value of Stormwater Fees in Maryland.



Need to develop an IDDE program?

Read the guidance.


Two versions of the Watershed Treatment Model (WTM) released to help users estimate benefits from a wide range of stormwater runoff and pollutant removal practices. Download your FREE COPY of the WTM and User's guide.