About XWN

The Cross-Watershed Network (XWN) is pioneering new strategies to advance restoration practices in the arid West by facilitating relationship-building across watersheds.

Group sitting around collaborating in the grass

XWN is a network of watershed practitioners who value sharing and collaborating across watersheds. XWN fosters this community of natural connection-builders by creating venues, both online and in-person, that make connecting with peers easy. By connecting across watersheds, practitioners build collective capacity, share resources and form a community that fosters landscape-scale collaboration. Click here to learn more about specific XWN programs.


The Network is currently comprised of more than 500 practitioners from 19 states. Over 200 of these practitioners have created profiles in the Practitioner Directory.

What is a watershed practitioner?

XWN participants represent diverse interests and geographies. “Watershed practitioners” include:
  • staff from nonprofit organizations & watershed groups
  • local, state, & federal agency personnel
  • tribal members
  • university staff and students
  • private consultants
  • grantmakers
  • landowners & passionate community members

anyone devoted to restoring watersheds in the arid West!

Broadening your network to include peers from varied backgrounds and geographies:

  • Inspires innovative solutions to local issues in your watershed
  • Allows you to get advice from peers in order to build on existing knowledge
  • Connects you to peers that can direct you to the most relevant information
  • So much more! Tell us why you connect

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