The mission of Freshwater is to inspire and empower people to value and preserve our freshwater resources.
Since 1968, Freshwater has been a leading public nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving freshwater resources and their surrounding watersheds. To that end, we:
the vital role of freshwater to all living things and the impending crisis in the quantity and quality of accessible freshwater.
our experience and resources to activities that lead to understanding, protection, enhancement, and restoration of freshwater resources.
the participation and support of individuals, associations, business and industry, institutions, educators, and government in these activities.
As the leading nonprofit in highlighting groundwater issues and related policy, Freshwater contributes a great deal to the protection and enhancement of our water resources. Recently we published a three-part groundwater report series addressing policy and data needs for sustainable use of groundwater in urban and rural settings; offered legislative testimony on buffers, legacy funding, and groundwater policy initiatives; and delivered dozens of public presentations and keynote addresses.
We feature nationally-prominent speakers and issues through the Moos Family Lecture Series, help lake associations organize and find resources to act on key priorities, and stage the biennial State of Water conference.
Freshwater is also proud to publish the Minnesota Weatherguide Environment calendar/almanacs -- a Minnesota favorite since 1975 -- and support science instruction and fundraising in schools and environmental learning centers.
OTHER MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:
CONDUCT FIELD WORK TO RESEARCH GROUNDWATER FLOW ISSUES
- Assessed precipitation-driven landslides along the Minnesota River in partnership with Hennepin County Emergency Management
- Cored lake sediments within the Minnesota River floodplain to determine changes in sedimentation rate
- Explored interaction between shallow groundwater and gravel mining operations (ongoing)
EXPAND MASTER WATER STEWARDS PROGRAM METRO WIDE
- Certified almost 300 Stewards
- Diverted and soaked in three million gallons of water annually through their efforts
- Worked with two dozen partners (and counting)
FACILITATE WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS,
AND PLANNING PROCESSES
- Water resilience workshops to help cities plan for increasing rainfall and weather extremes
- Planning processes for watershed districts, a water group, and a flood control project
- Consortium of groups from across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to re-design Minnesota's approach to addressing impaired waters
DOUBLE SIZE OF ROAD SALT SYMPOSIUM
AND EXPAND INFLUENCE
- Promoted significant reduction in use of chloride compounds to the minimum needed for traction in order to lessen the impact of salt water runoff on our freshwater lakes, streams, and groundwater
- Developed chloride management plans for Rochester, Mankato, and St. Cloud areas