The Watershed Game for Local Leaders

The Watershed Game (WSG) for Local Leaders is designed for use with groups of up to 25 elected and appointed officials, members of watershed organizations, association members, and other community leaders and groups.

The WSG is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.  Participants apply plans, practices, and policies that help them achieve a water quality goal for a stream, lake, river, and now, coastal estuary. The Watershed Game is available in models for use with local leaders and with educators and youth in classrooms. The Watershed Game is a program of Minnesota Sea Grant. For more information, visit watershedgame.umn.edu 

It comes in four table-top models:

The Watershed Game for Local Leaders - Stream Model addresses an entire headwaters watershed and the land uses often found in it.

The Watershed Game for Local Leaders - River Model addresses the land uses associated with large river systems and urban areas.

The Watershed Game for Local Leaders - Lake Model concentrates on land uses surrounding a typical lake.

The Watershed Game for Local Leaders - Coast Model represents a typical coastal community or estuary. It includes resilience to community flooding in addition to achieving a clean water goal.