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Nature Based Solutions Success Stories Conference 

The California Watershed Network and the Council for Watershed Health invite the community to participate in the first ever Nature Based Solutions Success Stories Conference.

How do we get to safe, clean water? Are creek restoration projects improving water quality? Explore nature based solutions based in nature and find out.

The conference takes place on Thursday, November 17, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. online, and will feature Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erica Gies, the author of Water Always Wins, and a wide range of presenters. 

The event will conclude with afternoon field trips to view several key local projects.

For more information, the full agenda, and to sign up to participate, visit

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