The Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have launched a brand new program to protect water quality in Minnesota. The new 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. The participants of the 2013 through 2015 classes must be residents of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
Apply to join the 2014 class.
View a 60-second video about the program. Read a June 12, 2013, Star Tribune article on the program and its first class of volunteers. Read a news release announcing a $321,945 Clean Water Fund grant for the program. Other funding is provided by:
- Freshwater Foundation
- Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund
- Butler Family Foundation
- Pentair Foundation
- Meadowlark Institute
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: