Program Mission:

Strengthening local capacity for successful watershed management.

Through collaborative efforts, we work to improve watershed management skills, provide forums for exchange of problems and solutions, and build an effective watershed support network in Indiana.


The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy educates watershed coordinators, teachers, volunteers, engineers, district staff, non-profit organizations, and others to lead watershed efforts that improve water quality in Indiana.

Contact Sara Peel with any questions about the 2019 Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from Indiana’s major conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:

“Distance learning allows participants to learn in their own way on their own time. It
is like a virtual classroom that's open for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It allows
you to learn at your own pace.” – Cindy Baker, Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Resource Conservation Specialist

“This is a great educational experience. You learn a lot about the nuts and bolts of water quality management as well as ideas for how this work fits into the broader efforts to improve our environment. The networking is fantastic—both with the instructors and your fellow students.” – Mark Krivchenia, Wildcat Creek Foundation

"I now have the tools to accomplish the goals of the watershed management plan as well as a great network for help support." Robert Miller, Central Muscatatuck Watershed Coordinator

"Participation in the Academy provided me a broader appreciation of the various stakeholders that must be engaged for a successful watershed project.  While opinions and views may differ, most people desire the same thing -- sustained access to clean water!" -Tim Rienks, CHMMM

The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy has trained more than 330 watershed leaders since 2006, and a new class will begin in 2019.

Support Network:

Through collaboration with research and education experts, and partnerships with conservation organizations and agencies, the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program is helping build a more effective support network for watershed groups. This includes networking watershed groups together, and connecting them with existing resources and conservation agency personnel in the state. A dedicated listserv for persons interested in water quality and watershed issues provides an online forum for the exchange of ideas, problems, and solutions. Read more...


Find useful materials, modeling tools, research results, published watershed plans, maps, and more...