The decision to become a Partnership instead of a Watershed District or Joint-Powers Board stemmed from the desire to be citizen driven. The founders wanted the ability to grow the organization. In a partnership, citizens and local organizations work together to address common interests and concerns. Everyone is involved, thus the plan and work has the consensus of all parties who have a stake in the watershed.
Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a regional, non-profit land trust based in La Crosse that has permanently conserved more than 16,000 acres of blufflands, prairies, wetlands, and streams in southwestern Wisconsin since its founding in 1997.