A free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, February 28, will share seven years of lessons learned in Wisconsin's Pecatonica River watershed, where conservation practices targeted on key local farms aim for significant, efficient reductions in phosphorus loading.

"Testing the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative: A Paired Watershed Study on the Pecatonica River," will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Standard Time.

Steve Richter, director of conservation, agricultural lands for The Nature Conservancy, and Pat Sutter, county conservationist for the Dane County Land Conservation Division, will detail the process of targeting farms most likely to contribute the greatest phosphorus runoff into the Pecatonica, recruiting farmers, gathering baseline data and implementing conservation practices. Richter and Sutter will describe how no-till grew to encompass one-third of the watershed and document how nutrient management plans appealed to local producers by promising increased profitability while decreasing phosphorus runoff. The presentation will describe the project partners' roles, how the project started and lessons learned.

Visit WIIN to learn more about the Pacatonica River project: www.ctic.org/WIIN/Project/109/home.

The webinar is the second in a series by the Great Rivers & Upstream Heroes Watershed Implementation & Innovation Network (WIIN), a new forum for idea exchange about watershed projects in the Mississippi River Basin. WIIN is organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Partnership, with funding from The Mosaic Company, the McKnight Foundation and Monsanto.

"The WIIN network links creative people throughout the Mississippi River Basin, helping spread ideas that are working and help project managers tap into the experiences of colleagues they might not otherwise get to meet," notes Karen A. Scanlon, CTIC executive director. "Insight and resources ? like this webinar ? from people on the ground in various watersheds can help tap into the power of collaboration and great ideas. We?re encouraging people involved in watershed projects anywhere in the Mississippi River Basin to join the conversation on WIIN, share their experiences, and become part of this growing community. Attending the webinar on the 28th is a great start."

To participate online or by phone, sign in at least 10 minutes early and follow these instructions:

Topic: Pecatonica River watershed project

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm, Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

Meeting Number: 821 566 130

Meeting Password: S10Chevy

To join the online meeting click here.

Teleconference information

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Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-3859623 (US)

Call-in number: 1-443-8636602 (US)

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Conference Code: 586 574 2199

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1. Go to nethope.webex.com/nethope/mc

2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

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For more information on WIIN or the webinar, visit www.ctic.org/WIIN or call (765) 494-9555.

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