Strengthening our capacity for successful watershed management.

"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. In addition to this, the networking is fantastic -- both with the instructors and your fellow students." -


Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy

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Academy First Year Annual Report

2013 Annual Overview

The application period for the 2014 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is closed. Please contact Laura Esman if you have questions about enrolling in the 2015 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.

The 2014 Academy has scheduled three mandatory Face-to-Face Sessions:

Session 1: January 15-16, 2014, Canyon Inn, McCormick's Creek State Park, Spencer, IN

Session 2: March 26-27, 2014, Tecumseh Leadership Center, Brookston, IN

Session 3: May 21, 2014, The Fort Harrison Conference Center, Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, IN

A hybrid distance learning - face to face training academy, January - May
Developing and coordinating a local watershed organization can be a daunting task, especially if you are the person responsible for leading the process. If you would like in-depth training that will build your capacity for successful watershed management, we encourage you to enroll in the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is designed for anyone with watershed management responsibilities or interests, such as:

It will improve your skills for creating a scientifically sound plan for watershed management that actively involves, engages, and is supported by your community.

How the Academy Works

The academy incorporates a combination of:

Participants complete a series of online lesson modules that include readings, assignments, and discussion over a five month period. Face-to- face meetings promote networking and allow opportunities to pursue specialized topics in-depth. Each participant completes a learning project on a topic of special interest. Graduates of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management.

IWLA Networking Site: http://iwatersheds.net
This site is used for each Academy class, and others interested in watershed management in Indiana are welcome to join also.

How Much Time Does the Academy Involve?

Participants complete a minimum of nine lesson modules, a learning project, and participation in three face-to-face class meetings. Students can expect to spend 3-4 hours on each lesson module, and 8-10 hours on their learning project. Face-to-face sessions are held at a leadership center and state park consisting of overnight and single day sessions.

Application and Fee Information

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

The registration fee is $600, which must be paid by December 13, 2013 (fee includes lodging and food for overnight and one-day workshops, plus all course materials). The total cost to implement this program is over $2200/person, but funding from IDEM's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution grants has significantly reduced the fee.

For more information, Jane Frankenberger, Professor and Extension Specialist, at (765) 494-1194 or frankenb@purdue.edu.

A Deep Foundation in Science and Teaching
Indiana Watershed Leadership is a program of Purdue University. The program draws on expertise and resources at Purdue and collaborates with Indiana's major conservation agencies. Support is provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management through section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Who is involved in developing and teaching the watershed academy?

A diverse steering committee and project team representing a dozen different agencies and organizations is involved in developing and teaching the academy.

Academy Class of 2006 sampling fish species in Ghost Creek (Tributary of Tippecanoe River) with Greg Bright of Commonwealth Biomonitoring.

When determining acceptance to the Academy, Indiana applicants will be given priority. If space is available, out-of-state/country applicants will then be considered.