About Us

The National Watershed Coalition (NWC) was formed in 1989, succeeding the older Watershed Congress, which traced its roots back to about 1951.

The NWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Coalition (F.E.I.N. no. 84-1142882) (Dun & Bradstreet Number, DUNS, 09-053-1299) made up of national, regional, state, and local organizations, associations, and individuals, that advocate dealing with natural resource problems and issues using watersheds as the planning and implementation unit.

The NWC...

Advocates using total resource management principles in planning, and believes the USDA assisted small watershed programs are among the best planning and implementation vehicles available for wise water and land management.

Represents the concerns and needs of watershed project sponsors at the national level.

Offers assistance on watershed planning when requested, and sponsors biennial national watershed conferences and other specialty resource conferences, 

Provides resource testimony before Congress on watershed programs and policy, and believes proper care of our nation’s natural resources a top national priority.

The NWC is governed by a Board of Directors of conservation and related organizations. Associate membership is $25 annually for individuals and $75 for organizations. Board of Directors Memberships require $175 minimum annual membership dues.

Directory of Officers

Tina Hendon Photo (2)

Tina Hendon


Representing: Texas Association of Watershed Sponsors

Houston, Texas

Gene Saurborn

Gene Saurborn


Representing: West Virginia Conservation Agency

Morgantown, West VA

Lisa Knauf Owens photo

Lisa Knauf Owen


Representing: Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Oklahoma City, OK

Barb Oltjen Photo

Barb Oltjen


Representing: State Association of Kansas Watersheds
Robinson, Kansas


Dr. Dan Sebert


Pawnee, Oklahoma

Become a NWC Member!

Your commitment to watershed work and the National Watershed Coalition is an important part of our continuing success. Each year we ask you to consider joining or renewing your NWC membership. The dues you pay make it possible for us to continue our efforts to support our watershed partners through education, advocacy and action. Your NWC membership is important to us and we work hard to produce significant results!

Click here to view our 2023 newsletter and the membership form to become a NWC member!