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Leading the nation with clean water solutions...

Mission & Vision

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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.