Leading the nation with
clean water solutions.
The Center for Watershed Protection works to protect, restore and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and bays.
How We’re Making a Difference
The Center conducts applied research to better understand the influence of land use activities on our water resources and develop best practices to prevent and alleviate potential harm.
The Center provides watershed and stormwater management consulting services to state and local governments, non-profits, consultants, and other clients.
The Center offers customized on-site training on a variety of watershed and stormwater topics.
Online Watershed Library
OWL is a searchable online database of watershed and stormwater articles, reports, manuals, plans, tools and other resources. All Center for Watershed Protection publications are free to the public on OWL. CWPA members and OWL subscribers have access to the full database.
We are hiring!
We are looking for a full-time Water Resources Engineer. The ideal candidate will have 3-7 years’ experience in the watershed protection and stormwater management fields.
Join the Center for Watershed Protection team and use your skills to make a real difference in watershed practices across the nation. The Center offers the opportunity to work on a diverse range of watershed protection and restoration projects as part of a dedicated team with a national reputation for developing innovative solutions to challenging watershed problems
Please click on the link to learn more about the position and how to apply!
Read these articles and more in the latest issue of our newsletter:
- Project Update: Technical Support for Agricultural BMPs in the Mississippi River Basin
- Staff Profile: Meet Bill S.
- CWP News: New Case Studies on Conservation Design and Smart Growth & the Top Three Reasons YOU Should Attend the National Watershed and Stormwater Conference in April
- Upcoming Events: 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference & Webcasts
Watershed Science Bulletin
Read the latest article in our peer-reviewed journal:
Calculating Stormwater Volume and Total Suspended Solids Reduction under Urban Tree Canopy in Wisconsin Using Available Research
Current research has shown that urban trees can contribute significantly to stormwater volume control by retaining rainfall in the canopy of trees and increasing infiltration. The potential role of urban trees for stormwater design was evaluated at a proof-of-concept level for a planning study of part of the University of Wisconsin (UW)—Madison campus in 2016. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate a simple method of quantifying tree canopy rainfall interception and stormwater volume reduction based on data from published research, which was used to better inform a WinSLAMM model of the benefits of tree canopy cover over a parking lot.