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There are events across the state and nationwide that promote the protection and enhancement of water resources. Search below for events in Minnesota and worldwide:

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Voices for the Lakes Essay Contest
February 1, 2010

Use the lakes as your inspiration, in the 2010 Voices for the Lakes Essay contest. Essays should describe a connection with Minnesota’s greatest natural resource – its lakes. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. February 1.


9th Annual Road Salt Symposium
Keeping Our Winter Roads Safe While Protecting Our Waters
February 3, 2010
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul
Freshwater Society, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Fortin Consulting, University of Minnesota LTAP


World Wetlands Day
February 2, 2010
Each year government agencies, NGOs and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits and, in particular, of the Ramsar Convention.


Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources
Water Resource Issues
February 22, 2010
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Robert Glennon, Author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Student Center Theater


Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
February 23-March 25, 2010
University of Minnesota, Katherine E. Nash Gallery
An exhibition of art and related programs that build awareness, provoke action and pose solutions for the need to understand water as a universal human right.

Saturday, February 27 starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Freshwater Society will have a table at the Women and Water Rights Event and will be providing water resource information.


Protecting Our Water – Protecting Our Health
Our Troubled Waters
Saturday, March 6, 2010
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
(Registration/Exhibits at 9:30 a.m.)
Willey Hall, University of Minnesota
225 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis


Emerging concerns— chemicals

entering our water system

Health risks to humans/wildlife

Drug disposal/product stewardship


Representative Paul Gardner (53A)

Kathy Lee, U.S. Geological Survey

David Wallinga, MD, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

Sponsored by: League of Women Voters Minneapolis, Freshwater Society, Clean Water Action, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Healthy Legacy Coalition, League of Women Voters Minnesota, Mayflower Congregational Earthwise Committee, Women’s Environmental Institute

National Ground Water Awareness Week
March 7-13, 2010

About half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells! And more than 90 percent of the fresh water in the United States and around the world is groundwater. Ground Water Awareness Week spotlights groundwater, as a valuable and renewable resource.


International Lake of the Woods Water Quality Forum
March 10-11, 2010
Rainy River Community College, International Falls, MN

The forum provides an opportunity for those engaged in water quality research within the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River Basin to communicate findings, share ideas and work toward a better understanding of water quality issues.


Strong Roots for a Strong Future
MAEE 2010 Annual Conference
March 12-13
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, MN


Fix a Leak Week – U.S. EPA WaterSense Program
March 15-21, 2010
Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? By making just a few small changes to your daily routine, you can save a significant amount of water, save money and preserve water supplies for future generations. The WaterSense label will help you identify high-efficiency products and programs.


US World Water Day
March 22, 2010

Water affects every aspect of our lives, yet nearly one billion people around the world don’t have clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion still lack basic sanitation. World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22, was established by the United Nations in 1992 and focuses attention on the world’s water crisis, as well as the solutions to address it.


Wetlands Summit 2010: Keeping Water on the Land
March 27, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Normandale Community College
Izaak Walton League Bush Lake Chapter


Protecting Our Water – Protecting Our Health
Urban Water and Land Use
April 6, 2010
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
Sponsored by: League of Women Voters Minneapolis, Freshwater Society, Clean Water Action, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Healthy Legacy Coalition, League of Women Voters Minnesota, Lake Harriet Methodist Church, Mayflower Congregational Earthwise Committee, Women’s Environmental Institute.


National Environmental Education Week: Be Water and Energy Wise
April 11-17, 2010
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. By participating in EE Week, you encourage your students to make a difference in their schools, homes, and communities! EE Week’s 2010 theme is Be Water and Energy Wise.

Clean Water Network’s First Annual
Dirty Water Stories Journalism Contest
Submission Deadline: April 19, 2010

People all across the country are being impacted by dirty water, whether it is through their drinking water or the stream running through their property that a farmer needs for his cattle. Many individuals experiencing health issues from contaminated water have no idea where to turn for help. To shed light on this water crisis, the Clean Water Network has embarked on an exciting project to produce a compendium that captures examples of where people are being impacted by water pollution and water scarcity. The result will be a new resource guide, Dirty Stories … about Water & Tales of Water Scarcity in America.

Drinking Water Week
May 2-8, 2010

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members  have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.


WaterFest 2010
May 22, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lake Phalen Park Pavilion
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Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree Summer Workshops

Please visit the DNR online calendar to find workshops and summer institutes currently open for registration. The Summer Institute registration form has just been posted for a diversity of educators across the state of Minnesota.

World Environment Day
June 5, 2010
Commemorated each year on June 5, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

World Oceans Day
June 8, 2010
Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide. We help coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.


Lake Fest!
June 12, 2010
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Eagan, MN
Celebrating National Get Outdoors Day, June as Lakes Appreciation Month, & Eagan’s 20th Anniversary of its Lakes and Wetlands program! For Families and Outdoor Enthusiasts of All Ages. Located at Blackhawk Park, Eagan MN and the cost is free. Learn about all the activities you can do outside in Eagan including fishing in Eagan’s lakes, visit with experts, participate in activities and spend time together OUTSIDE!


Rivers Institute 2010
June 28-30 OR July 26-28
Hamline University

In summer 2010, Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) will present its acclaimed Rivers Institute. The three-day, two-credit field-based course addresses the natural overlap between science processes and content and the skills of literacy. The Institute will explore how using rivers as a context can help your students meet specific education standards in science, engineering and literacy. All 3-8 grade teachers and middle school science and social studies teachers are eligible.

To register visit


Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop
July 6-12, 2010
Lake Michigan

Join COSEE Great Lakes in a Great Lakes research cruise on Lake Michigan for a week, July 6-12, 2010. Work with scientists on limnological inquiry, and stop in ports for additional science learning. The workshop will offer first-hand exploration of Lake Michigan ecology, geology, geography, weather, and biogeochemical processes, with particular emphasis on human impacts and parallels between Great Lakes and ocean systems. Application Deadline: April 2, 2010.


Lake Superior Day
July 18, 2010

The event is set to celebrate the world’s largest fresh water-body, and to increase support to restore and protect the lake.

13th Annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival
August 6-8, 2010


Eco Experience Water
August 26- September 6, 2010
Minnesota State Fairgrounds


World Water Monitoring Day
September 18, 2010

World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Participants are encouraged to register their site and report their data before December 31 to be included in the Year in Review report. Test kits can be ordered online and resources are available as free downloads.

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