Twin Cities WRS Seminar

Watershed Partnerships: Breakthroughs in Collaboration to Create and Sustain Great Conservation Corridors


Louis Smith
Lawyer, Smith Partners PLLP

March 1, 2019


So many of our urban streams are impaired.  Their watersheds have difficult land use issues that pose impacts to both water quality and nearby habitat.  And yet these same streams are the focus of some kind of recreational interest.  All of these challenges pose governance issues. How does a watershed authority effectively plan and collaborate with local units of government and their land use planning and development vision? Can water resource engineers, land use and recreation planners, and local officials learn to work better together?  How can diverse funding sources be combined successfully to create multiple layers of conservation, economic, and community benefits? Is there a way to engage business and the private sector in the cause of conservation along these stream corridors?