The Healthy Watersheds Consortium, a partnership of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was designed to accelerate the protection of watershed lands across the U.S. among like-minded partners from all levels of government, organizations and industry to support individual watershed protection projects through grants, using leveraged funding from government and non-government sources together. Within the Great Lakes Region, the program has increased the capacity for on-the-ground watershed protection through four unique watershed partnerships and innovative land protection and funding mechanisms. Great Lakes Region watershed protection implementers will share stories about their individual and collective efforts to protect healthy watersheds. Stories may feature: compelling strategic watershed protection visions with metrics, partnerships with water utilities and local governments, use of land use planning to augment on-the-ground land protection, innovative funding mechanisms and revolving protection fund development, watershed financing partnerships, and exploration of other tools and programs. Fitting within the “water” Rally theme for 2021, the session presenters will describe how their work supports millions of water users, prevents nonpoint source pollution, has been enhanced through diverse partnerships, and how this could be replicated in other regions.