the Watershed Game

The Watershed Game is an interactive, educational tool and exercise that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality.  Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.  Participants apply plans, practices, and policies that help them achieve clean water goals for protection and restoration while providing for community growth.  The Watershed Game is available in three versions; STREAM, RIVER, and LAKE.

For more information, see the Watershed Game Fact Sheet.

2012 Watershed Game Updates

The NEW 2012 Versions feature revised graphics, land uses, new and improved BMPs, cost/benefits, pollution points, incorporation of climate change and policies, and updated instructions.  Select the 2012 updates for highlights of the 2012 version.

Have use for the Watershed Game?  Contact John Bilotta at 612-624-7708 or by email at

History and acknowledgement: The WSG was originally developed in 2006 for Northland NEMO's "A View From the Lake" program by the Lake Superior Research Institute, University of Wisconsin Extension, and Minnesota Sea Grant Program. Later versions were developed through additional collaborations including University of Minnesota Extension, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, and with the support of many other agencies and organizations (See Who We Are tab).


Resources for Trained Facilitators

WSG Instructions Quick Reference Guide

Reporting Link WSG Scorecards

Unanticipated Events Sample Evaluations

Addendums WSG Facts Sheet

Photo Library WSG Purchasing


Training Videos

The following links are short 3-6 minute video segments of WSG introductions and various elements of play by seasoned facilitators.

Video Intro 1 -A Video Introduction #2 Watershed Game Video Introduction #3 Sample Round #1
Video Starting Points Video - Offer a Plan Video - End of Round 1 Sample Round #2

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