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

Water Storage Program Included in Final Environment Deal

After weeks of negotiation, the Minnesota Legislature has reached an agreement on a budget and policy changes for Minnesota’s environmental agencies, as well as the 2020 and 2021 LCCMR bills.

“Freshwater’s work in St. Paul has led to bipartisan support for a state water storage program, particularly targeted to the Minnesota River Basin,” said John Linc Stine, the Freshwater’s Executive Director. “The work on the ground in the basin gave us the tools we needed to get this over the line at the Capitol.” Read more

Thanks for Supporting Freshwater

Thanks to those who joined us for our live virtual fundraiser in support of healthy water for future generations including all Minnesotans and communities downstream.

Big Island & Back 10K paddle
2021 Big Island & Back!

Join us Aug. 7, 2021, for our eighth annual 10K paddle, starting at 9 am. All ages and paddling levels welcome in this friendly race around the island!

Minnesota Weatherguide Calendars

Bring the outside in, 365 days a year! Our 2022 calendars will be available in late August.

States around the great lakes
Current work highlight

Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region (2021-2022): This one-year project brings together researchers to study groundwater governance in a six-state Great Lakes region.

What we do

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


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.


Learn more about opportunities to take action, like becoming a Minnesota Water Steward.

We Moved

We have officially vacated our offices on Territorial Road. We are transitioning to our new space throughout early 2021 with staff continuing to work remotely. During this time, email is the best way to reach us. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Our new address is

2550 University Ave W Suite 212N
St. Paul, MN 55114

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

— Watershed district administrator