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An initiative that emerged in 2012, the Cross-Watershed Network (XWN) is a peer-to-peer support system designed to connect watershed practitioners through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration across watersheds. Since hosting a cross-watershed meeting in June 2011 that focused on the challenges, needs, and opportunities specific to monitoring protocols and sharing data across watersheds, Tamarisk Coalition has been working towards creating an initiative for cross-watershed collaboration that includes but goes beyond riparian monitoring.
Tamarisk Coalition is currently working with representatives from several watersheds and organizations to advance the XWN’s resources and programs for the hundreds of practitioners across the West committed to the XWN’s vision: Healthy watersheds through healthy partnerships.
These partners include: Deborah Campbell and Associates, Dolores River Restoration Partnership, Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona, River Management Society, Southwest Decision Resources, Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, and the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
The XWN has launched their new and improved website, through which the network will grow capacity to connect practitioners and share best practices. Through this snazzy, new site, you can join the Cross-Watershed Network! Create your profile to receive XWN related information (e.g. the outputs from their recent Escalante workshop & information about future restoration workshops) and use this site as an avenue to share ideas, resources, and lessons from your watershed with other practitioners.
2014 XWN Workshop Recap:
This fall (October 15-16, 2014), the Cross-Watershed Network (XWN) held its second annual practitioner workshop in the community of Escalante, UT in the stunning Escalante watershed. Over 65 practitioners, representing over 20 different watersheds throughout the arid West spent two days collaborating and problem solving over shared challenges related to riparian restoration.
Designed as a peer-to-peer learning system to connect watershed practitioners through information sharing, collective capacity building, and collaboration, XWN has now hosted two in-person workshops including this recent event in Escalante, UT. The other primary component of XWN is an online forum –crosswatershed.net - that connects practitioners through profiles and an interactive watershed map, host discussions and event posting, and has a group “meeting” space designed to enhance collaboration among practitioners.
XWN is currently 300 people strong; the more resources and people that are brought into the fold, the more effective collaboration and an on-the-ground impact will be!
So, sign up today at www.crosswatershed.net to participate with the online community and stay tuned for the next get together where you can connect with peers who could help you tackle your biggest watershed management challenges! For a full XWN Workshop recap, click here.
2013 XWN Workshop Recap:
On September 10th and 11th, the XWN held a peer-to-peer Riparian Restoration Workshop in Cottonwood, AZ. Over 60 practitioners from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and California attended the workshop, sharing their experiences and lessons learned in the areas of geomorphology, wildlife habitat restoration, and long-term maintenance. This workshop represented a major milestone of the XWN.
Watch Kaard Bombe's 3 minute recap of the 2013 workshop: