Mark your calendar for the 2013 Conservation In Action Tour, July 9 and 10 in Livingston County, Ill., conducted under the leadership of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).

“We’ll be visiting the hub of several outstanding watershed conservation projects, with stops at demonstration plots, on-farm trials and in-stream water quality testing stations,” said Steve Werblow.

More than 40 percent of the farm acreage in the 80-square-mile watershed is enrolled in conservation programs, and many of the watershed’s 160 farmers are on the CTIC-facilitated Indian Creek Watershed Project advisory board, Werblow explained.

That dramatic level of involvement was the subject of the webinar that launched the Great Rivers/Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN). There will be an early 2013 official launch of the WIIN website, an online learning and brainstorming resource for watershed project managers throughout the Mississippi River Basin.