We translate science into policy and action to preserve our freshwater resources.

2023 calendars now available for purchase! Order yours today!

✨ Order by December 8th to receive in time for the holidays ✨

We are now taking photography submissions for the 2024 Weatherguide calendars!

New Report Out Now

Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region

Groundwater Governance, Well Cobbled? Ground water is a crucially important but often overlooked resource in the Great Lakes region. As a common-pool resource, the region's aquifers should have a well-structured set of governing principles to guide their sustainable and equitable use. We ask, “but do they?”

An incredible resource lies beneath our feet and connects us all. Join us in working to bring attention and care to groundwater for our shared prosperity and for generations to come.

Read the full report here.

Adopt a River program

We want to support you in your efforts to keep Minnesota waters clean and healthy for all. Check out Adopt a River for tips and info on setting up a shoreline cleanup!

Water Connects Us

Thank you to our wonderful supporters for donating, shopping the online auction, and watching our program! Thank you so much for your generous and caring support of Freshwater programs through Water Connects Us.

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What we do

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Our Work

Our programs and policy work equip individuals and communities to take their next steps in protecting and preserving our freshwater resources.

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Conferences, Lectures, Symposiums

We host events that educate and engage stakeholders and change their thinking around water issues.

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Publications

We publish and share reports, newsletters, and a blog that advocate for protecting and preserving Minnesota’s freshwater resources.

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Community members like you are instrumental to protecting the lakes, streams and drinking water we value. Invest in the future of freshwater resources with a charitable gift today. Your support makes a meaningful difference for clean and safe water for Minnesotans—and communities downstream.

Freshwater Society has raised the bar on community and professional dialogue around water.

— Watershed district administrator