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Michael A. Reuter


Michael A. Reuter

Director of Freshwater, North America

Michael Reuter is director of The Nature Conservancy’s Freshwater Team in North America, and for more than two decades he has worked to protect the vital, great rivers of the world for people and nature. In the United States, Michael and his colleagues are focused on creating shared solutions for some of the nation’s most significant freshwater challenges – protecting drinking water, reducing flood risk, and building smarter infrastructure.

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Michael Reuter is director of The Nature Conservancy’s Freshwater Team in North America, and for more than two decades he has worked to protect the vital, great rivers of the world for people and nature. In the United States, Michael and his colleagues are focused on creating shared solutions for some of the nation’s most significant freshwater challenges – protecting drinking water, reducing flood risk, and building smarter infrastructure.

Michael’s career-long passion for the Mississippi River – and the common land- and water-use dilemmas that affect billions of people who depend upon large freshwater ecosystems globally – spurred him to help develop the Great Rivers Partnership in 2005. Through this effort, Michael has promoted comprehensive, collaborative approaches to management of the Yangtze and Mekong rivers in Asia, the Niger, Zambezi, and Ogooué rivers in Africa, the Colorado and Mississippi rivers in North America, and the Magdalena, Paraguay-Parana and Tapajós rivers in South America. 

Michael’s roots in the Midwest shaped a keen interest and expertise in finding sensible, economically viable solutions that reduce agricultural impacts on water and wildlife while maintaining yields for farmers. He has played leadership roles in national initiatives such as the Keystone Field to Market Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.

Michael is a member of the founding steering committee for America’s Watershed Initiative and serves on a variety of boards, including the International Society for River Science, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, Alliance for Water Stewardship, and the Illinois Valley Central Educational Foundation. Michael has received the Silver Eagle Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and One Conservancy Award from The Nature Conservancy. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University and a Master of Liberal Studies from Bradley University.

Michael lives in Peoria, Illinois, with his wife and three children.

 

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“Maybe the duck hunter, farmer, construction worker, gas station attendant, boater and hotel and restaurant owners are not so disconnected, after all.”

— Michael A. Reuter

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published one of Michael's opinion pieces — Water's Fiscal Cliff is no 'Pretty Waterfall'.

 

Read a blog Michael wrote that focuses on advancements in river management in China.

 

Michael weighs in on the need to invest in the nation's water resources infrastructure in ways that produce environmental benefits.

Areas of Expertise

  • Large river systems
  • Floodplain restoration
  • Flooding
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Green infrastructure
  • Integrated river management

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