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

Special Message - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protecting the health of our community is of the utmost importance to us. As such, most Freshwater staff are now working remotely, and all events and in-person meetings through May 8 are either canceled, postponed, or moved online, based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Read our full statement here.

ICE out, loon in postponed

Stay tuned for plans to reschedule our annual fundraising benefit. Consider donating today what you would have at the event to Freshwater - or invest in the charitable organizations on the front-lines of COVID-19.

2020 State of Water Conference

Due to the COVID-19 situation, plans are on hold for the Conference. Watch this site for updates.

Ice is out on lake minnetonka!

Freshwater and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol have declared ice-out on Lake Minnetonka.

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 Master Water Steward.

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

-- Watershed District Administrator