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The Interagency Watershed Training Cooperative (IWTC) was formed in the late 1990's to improve cross-agency cooperation and develop and implement interagency watershed training courses and infrastructure. The IWTC members have a common interest in developing timely, comprehensive and economical watershed management training. By sharing scientific expertise, facilities, and other resources, federal agencies can make better use of the resources available for training. By receiving the same basic training courses, government agencies may improve their ability to communicate and collaborate more effectively on resource management and regulatory issues.

A multi-agency working group has developed an IWTC issue paper to express the goals and strategy of the IWTC. During 1997, multi-disciplinary IWTC working groups also designed two one-week courses to meet training needs in federal agencies and other levels of government and non-government organizations involved in watershed activities.

The first course, Working at a Watershed Level (PDF) (26 pp, 136K, About PDF), provides a basic but very broad foundation for the use of ecological, social and organizational management principles to guide activities to restore and sustain watershed condition. The course is structured for a wide variety of audiences ranging from informed citizens to watershed management practitioners, within and outside the ranks of government and at watershed scales large and small. The focus is on an interdisciplinary group involvement approach to working in watersheds that builds partnerships based on watershed ecology and social needs.

The second course, A Framework for Stream Corridor Restoration (PDF) (19 pp, 100K, About PDF), provides a basic foundation for the use of ecological, social and organizational management principles to guide activities to restore stream corridor condition. The course is structured for a wide variety of audiences typically involved in stream corridor restoration initiatives, ranging from informed citizens to stream restoration practitioners, within and outside the ranks of government.


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