2015 Green Lands
Blue Waters Conference
Bridges and Buffers, Farms and Cities:
Continuous Living Cover Farming Systems
Strategic Watershed Tour: Structures and Roles of Watershed-Based Partnerships
November 4, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
How are watershed partnerships working to restore watershed health? Which organizations and individuals in agricultural and non-ag sectors provide the leadership and support that are needed for partnerships to have collective impacts? What are they doing to increase use of Best Management Practices, such as continuous living cover, as a tool for watershed restoration? In this session, Jennifer Ronnenberg of the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (MN) will describe the type and function of the partnership working to restore landscape health in the Root River Watershed in SE Minnesota, and Ross Evelsizer of the Northeast Iowa RC&D will describe the structure and programs of the Turkey River Watershed Management Authority. These contrasting examples of watershed-based partnerships will lead to a discussion on the structure and role of partnerships in restoration of watershed health.
Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District
Jennifer has been an outdoor enthusiast her whole life, remembering many hiking and fishing trips near her hometown of Rochester, MN. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science/Environmental Studies. She has had many interesting jobs in natural resources, including: DNR Interpretive Naturalist for Mystery Cave at Forestville State Park, Conservation Technician for the Freeborn SWCD in Albert Lea, Watershed Coordinator for the Zumbro Watershed Partnership in Rochester, Urban Outreach Specialist for Faribault SWCD in Blue Earth and now as the Water Management Coordinator for the Fillmore SWCD in Preston.