Regional and national conservationists and business leaders will share experience designing water funds, a mechanism for water users to ensure their clean water supply by voluntarily investing in the protection of natural lands, often forests, critical to the water supply. Panelists will share examples from Maine and Minnesota with an emphasis on building a business case, understanding and engaging businesses, and taking a concept from idea to fruition. The Maine example will showcase Sebago Clean Waters' work to develop the economic and business case for watershed conservation. The Minnesota example will highlight their success in engaging local and multi-national businesses as investors and champions in their conservation work in the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Additional brief examples will be provided from emerging water funds across North America.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center