Home of the Wabash River, the longest un-dammed stretch of river east of the Mississippi.

Watershed: An area of land draining to a common point. A watershed can be as small as a few acres or as large as several states.

Leadership: The capacity to guide, and collaborate with, others toward identifying and accomplishing mutual purposes.


The resources listed here are used in the watershed academy. Unless noted, resources are pdf files. New resources are added frequently, so please check back.


Meeting Management
Making Meetings Manageable. OSU Extension Factsheet.

Planning and Conducting Effective Public Meetings. OSU Extension Factsheet.

Participating in Meetings. OSU Extension Factsheet.

Meeting Agenda Form. OSU Extension.

Group Facilitation
Beyond Conflict to Consensus by Bob Chadwick.

Group Facilitation Skills: A Toolbox for Effective Meetings . Ohio DNR.

Effective Meeting Facilitation I: The Sine Qua Non of Planning by Miranda Duncan. National Endowment for the Arts.

Effective Meeting Facilitation II: Sample Forms, Tools and Checklists by Miranda Duncan. National Endowment for the Arts.

Consensus: Tap Into a Powerful Decision-Making Tool by Joan Richardson. National Staff Development Council.

F. Gregory, R. (June 2000). Using Stakeholders Values to Make Smarter Environmental Decisions. Environment. Pages 35-43.

Building Local Partnerships: A Guide for Watershed Partnerships. Conservation Technology Information Center, Know Your Watershed.

The Community Problem Solving Project @ MIT. A wealth of information and tools on community empowerment, stakeholders, organization, planning, and decision making. Author Xavier de Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [Website, exits IWLA]

Webler, T., Tuler, S., Shockey I., Stern P., and Beattie R. (2003). Participation by Local Governmental Officials in Watershed Management Planning. Society and Natural Resources 16(2): 105-121.

Community Outreach
Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns. US EPA.

Asset Mapping Method from A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place. US EPA [word file]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Social Profile for Watershed Planning. University of Illinois. [Website, exits IWLP]


Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

Directory of Funding Sources from River Network.

Funding resources from the Watershed Advocate Toolkit, River Alliance of Wisconsin:
Seeking Foundation Funding (pdf)
Raising Funds While Increasing Your Visibility (pdf)

Plan2Fund. This is a Watershed Planning Tool developed by the Environmental Finance Center at Boise State University that helps organizations determine their funding needs to meet the goals and objectives of their Watershed Program Plan. Read about and download the tool. Watch the Plan2Fund training video online from EPA:

EPA Watershed Funding.

Guidestar. Information on thousands of foundations and nonprofits. (don’t recommend the research packages, but other info is good if you spend some time searching).

“The Funding Matrix”: Funding Resources for Water Quality and Watershed Related Projects. 2006. Source: Reggie Korthals and Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Council. [Excel] or [PDF]

Media Assistance


Planning & Visioning

Creating Watershed Plans
Community Based Watershed Management. OSU Extension Factsheet.

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters. EPA – Office of Water. (new 2006) A thorough, but practical book. [Website, exits IWLP]

Planning & Decision Making
Community Watershed Forums: A Planner’s Guide by K. Firehock (2002).

Self Assessment Tools for Organizations (Appendices C and D) in Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook. Allison, M. & J. Kaye. (1997). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York.

Empowering Regions: Strategies & Tools for Community Decision Making. Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

Sustainable Development Toolkit. Smart Communities Network, US Department of Energy. [Website, exits IWLP]

The Community Problem Solving Project @ MIT
. A wealth of information and tools on community empowerment, stakeholders, organization, planning, and decision making. Author Xavier de Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Defining Problems using Situational Analysis. D. Ohlson, Ohio State University.
Problem Definition Template. [Word file]


Land use planning policy and citizen involvement. Land Use Team, Purdue University. [Website, exits IWLP]

Planning with Power Program. IL-IN Sea Grant, Purdue University. [Website, exits IWLP]

Farm Bill Policy. USDA-NRCS. [Website, exits IWLP]

Perspectives on Indiana Drainage Law by Marty Lucas (2002).

Full text of Indiana Drainage Law. [Website, exits IWLP]

Program Evaluation

Ricker, K. T.; L. C. Brown; C. F. Leeds; R. P. Leeds; E. K. Bonar Bouton and C. E. Volgstadt (1998). Water Quality Project Evaluation: A Handbook for Objectives-Based Evaluation of Water Quality Projects. The Ohio State University Extension.


Water Quality Standards for Indiana. Indiana Administrative Code.

Water Quality Standards. US EPA. [Website, exits IWLP]


Tools and information for watershed management from Purdue University. [Web site, exits IWLP]

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools for watershed management. Purdue University. [Website, exits IWLP]

Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices. Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Working Group. (1998, and new edition 2001). [Website, exits IWLP]

Benefits and barriers of riparian forest buffers. Fact sheet by Duane McCoy and Jennifer Sobecki, IDNR – Division of Forestry.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service- National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Credible source of technical and practical applications of sustainable and alternative agricultural methods and BMP's.