Master Water Stewards: Protecting water at a community level

Master Water Stewards Sue Tincher, left, and Erika Spande help install a raingarden on a neighbor’s property.

Master Water Stewards Sue Tincher, left, and Erika Spande help install a raingarden on a neighbor’s property.

The Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have built an effective new program to protect water quality in Minnesota. The Master Water Stewards program is certifying and supporting community leaders to install pollution prevention projects that educate community members, reduce pollutants from urban runoff, and allow more water to soak into the ground before running into storm sewer systems. Modeled after successful Master Gardener programs, volunteer community leaders participate in a 50-hour program of courses and projects. In 2016 the program is expanding to most of the metro area, soon to be state wide.

Apply to join the 2016 class.

Read a June 12, 2013, Star Tribune article on the program and its first class of volunteers.

Peggy Knapp, third from left, leads applause for graduating Master Water Stewards on Nov. 12, 2013.

Peggy Knapp, third from left, leads applause for graduating Master Water Stewards on Nov. 12, 2013.

We invite you to apply to become a Master Water Steward. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about water and urban run-off. We’ll teach you what you need to know. Bring your enthusiasm and love for Minnesota’s water, and we’ll provide the high-level, hands-on teaching you’ll need to become a Master Water Steward.

Questions? For more information contact:

Deirdre Coleman
Freshwater Society
651-313-5806
dcoleman@freshwater.org