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Michael A. Reuter


Michael A. Reuter

Director, Midwest Division, The Nature Conservancy

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For more than 25 years in the U.S. and around the world, Michael has developed and led innovative conservation programs to address the systemic root causes of the challenges facing nature and people, and generate tangible, lasting impacts for the environment and the people that rely on it.

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Michael Reuter is director of the Midwest Division and member of the North America Leadership Team for The Nature Conservancy.

For more than 25 years in the U.S. and around the world, Michael has developed and led innovative conservation programs to address the systemic root causes of the challenges facing nature and people, and generate tangible, lasting impacts for the environment and the people that rely on it. He has extensive experience facilitating sustainable and equitable use of our vital rivers, lakes and aquifers, and has focused on shared solutions that integrate nature with agriculture, navigation, flood control, and other needs of people and communities. This systems perspective today underpins The Nature Conservancy's goals for water and conservation around the world.

Michael led the creation of the Great Rivers Partnership (GRP) in 2004, which expanded TNC's water programs globally to more than a dozen countries in South America, Asia and Africa. Through the GRP, the Conservancy focused on building strong partnerships with governments and business to design and achieve a broad set of sustainable and equitable solutions to recurring water management challenges. Michael and his colleagues designed and advanced 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 also led the creation and development of the North America Water Program which engaged and supported more than 50 state chapters and 400 water staff as well as a wide variety of external partners working on some of the nation’s most significant water challenges, including protecting water supplies, reducing flood risk, building multi-purpose infrastructure, and conserving vital ecosystems. Michael is a founding member of the steering committee for America’s Watershed Initiative—an effort that has engaged more than 400 organizations in establishing a vision and integrated management approach for the entire Mississippi River Basin as a national and global model. Michael has also filled leadership roles in national and multi-national initiatives such as the Field to Market Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, the International Society for River Science, U.S. Water Partnership, and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. He 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 received the Silver Eagle Award from 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 the St. Louis area 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 

Michael was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal concerning the release of the first-ever Report Card for America's Watershed. ​

Listen to Michael talk about the need for collaboration to solve freshwater issues on the Freshwater Talk podcast.

Watch a video to see Michael explain the North America Water Program during the World Water Summit in Chicago in November 2014.

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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