Water Leaders Academy
The Nebraska Water Leaders Academy is a one year program that identifies community leaders and educates them about water issues and proven leadership skills. The program prepares participants to take active, cooperative approaches to decision making about water resources issues. Leading stakeholders and top policy making trainers serve as program facilitators and mentors.
Watch this video to learn more about the Academy: Connie Reimers-Hild Video
Criteria for Acceptance
- Commitment to understand Nebraska water issues.
- An interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards, commissions and water policy groups.
- Commitment to the community through proven voluntary activites
This leaders program seeks early to mid-career professionals with interests in water resources, production agriculture, business, law, fisheries and wildlife, recreation and environmental sciences. The program involves a time commitment from the participant which must be assured by the participant and his or her employer.
Class members will be required to:
- Commit to attend six 1½ days of sessions. Each will commence on Friday morning and conclude by noon on Saturday.
- Session locations will vary across the state and will include several tours of water facilities.
- Sessions will be scheduled every two months, the schedule will be set for the entire year-long program with confirmed dates and locations.
- Each participant will be required to participate in producing a team project about water related topics developed from experiences in the Academy.
What You Need to Know
The Water Leaders Academy will provide an opportunity for Nebraskans who demonstrate an interest in water and related natural resources to broaden their knowledge. Candidates will learn about Nebraska water laws, the political structures within Nebraska that have responsibility to manage water and related natural resources and the beneficial uses of water including domestic, agriculture, industrial, fish, wildlife and recreation.
- Identify men and women who have demonstrated leadership skills and who wish to enhance those skills in the water and natural resources arena.
- Encourage those persons to develop their scientific and political knowledge about water and related natural resources.
- Provide training materials and program presentations that will instill sound and accurate information about efficient, economical and beneficial uses of Nebraska's water and related natural resources.
- Provide broad based educational experiences and presentations to develop and enhance leadership and critical thinking skills.
- Encourage and assist participants to become actively involved with entities at the local, regional, state and national levels.
- Develop an ongoing program that incorporates multi-disciplinary educational and leadership programs to assist future leaders in water and natural resources management for now and the future.
What participants are saying about the Water Leaders Academy.
I like the diversity of topics and speakers. It’s not just a series of classroom lectures on water law and use, there is leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills with good interaction and class participation throughout.
- Richard Eades, water resources specialist, Lincoln
The Academy is a great opportunity to network with other professionals interested in the industry while learning invaluable information about Nebraska’s water systems.
- Kristi Boswell, attorney, Omaha
If you have an interest in Nebraska’s water, then you need to participate in the academy. If you want a seat at the table to set policy related to water use, you need to understand all aspects or uses of water. There are more interests than just your own. The academy can help you understand the big picture.
- Doug Saathoff, farmer, Trumbull
The Water Leaders Academy will strengthen your knowledge of water issues in Nebraska and challenge you to develop your abilities to lead Nebraska in this avenue.
- Rod Zessin, farmer, Madison