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Clearinghouse for Cleaner Water: University of Minnesota Hub

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A team from the University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension is creating the Watershed Engagement Programming (WEP) Hub to support watershed-related outreach and engagement efforts to help address the state’s efforts to improve water quality. The team decided to create the Hub after surveying several dozen soil and water conservationists about the challenges they are encountering.

The Hub, still under development, will contain a library of resources and tools that will help soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), watershed districts (WDs), and other local government and environmental entities create powerful and effective outreach, engagement, and education programs. The Hub will link to and highlight existing materials from a variety of sources and will contain new resources that have been created based on the results of the needs assessment and iterative feedback from the WEP advisory team and its target audience.

The team is implementing best practices for building a clearinghouse. They are considering online platform selection, web development, digital accessibility, and copyright and material ownership issues.

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University of Minnesota
Authors (Name, Email, Institution)

Anne Nelson,,University of Minnesota

Anne Sawyer,,University of Minnesota

Publication Audience
Cooperative Extension
Publication Type
Process Publication
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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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