Building Positive Relationships in the Watershed

June 9, 2023 12:00 AM

Working directly with farmers and community leaders, watershed coordinators are the “boots on the ground” of water quality improvement in Iowa. Coordinators meet people where conservation decisions happen – farm fields, dinner tables, and community events – and work hand-in-hand with these decision-makers to achieve conservation goals and implement water quality improvement projects that benefit all Iowans. It’s a tall task, one that requires knowledge of technical topics like natural resource management and agronomy, soft skills like communication and outreach, and most importantly, the ability to form relationships with farmers and landowners...

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Catherine DeLong Water Quality Program Manager

Catherine DeLong is the Water Quality Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She works statewide to bring people together to share resources, ideas and perspectives about water quality, and to help Iowans understand the role they can play in the future of Iowa’s water...