Watershed Resource Centers

Watershed Science Institute (WSI, Natural Resources Conservation Service)

The WSI is a group of interdisciplinary specialists dedicated in assisting the agency to carry out programs in a manner that improves watershed processes and functions. They do this primarily through adaptation of science into technical tools and procedures.

Technical Information, Resources, Tools, Models, and Data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service

This is the official location of NRCS’ approaches to monitoring, assessment, and management of agricultural and other activities to reduce impacts to the environment.

Stream Systems Technology Center -- US Forest Service

The web site of this division of the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station provides access to a variety of useful on-line reports and links to other watershed resources. The FishXing program, a programmed approach to designing culverts that minimize problems for fish passage, is available here.

Watershed Management Council

The web site of this non-profit educational organization, dedicated to advancing the art and science of watershed management, contains past issues of its newsletter and conference proceedings, as well as an extensive set of links to watershed-related web sites.

Center for Watershed Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection’s web site offers a variety of publications and other resources primarily related to urban watersheds.

University of California Cooperative Extension (LA): A Toolbox for Watershed Management

Vast amounts of material exist to guide the process of forming a watershed group, getting the public interested, writing a watershed management plan, and carrying out projects in your watershed. Below are some links that UCCE has found useful. This is a toolbox, rather than a toolkit, meaning that it is a collection of a lot of useful materials rather than a guide in itself.

Watershed Information Sharing Project (California Association of Resource Conservation Districts)

The purpose of RCD-WISP is to share what conservation districts are doing in critical watersheds: their field projects, educational outreach, technical assistance for landowners and local environmental partnerships. The goal of WISP is to accelerate the exchange of information and boost the potential for multiple-partner watershed projects.