August 13th 2022 – Kayakers, canoers and paddleboarders began to arrive at Excelsior Beach around 8AM. Some participants were there to race competitively, while others were just excited to get … Read more
Freshwater, with the help of a 7-person organizing committee and contributions from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the work of intern, Bri Jol, organized and facilitated a 2-day workshop hosted … Read more
Executive Director John Linc Stine (right) with his wife Deb (left) and family Freshwater Friends, We can see the coming changes in the world around us – cooler weather, leaves … Read more
Conference workshop participants in action Earlier this month, several Freshwater staff attended the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit in Milwaukee. There, they joined more than 800 participants from … Read more
This year is ushering a number of changes for Jen Kader. Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, she started in a new role at Freshwater as our director for engagement and systems change. Later that same month, her peers on the state’s Clean Water Council—all of whom are appointed by the governor to serve on the council—unanimously elected her council vice chair.
Freshwater’s new Adopt a River program is up and running and already processing registrations for shoreline cleanups! Whether it’s a one-time cleanup or an adoption (a commitment to clean multiple times), a stretch of the Mississippi or your neighborhood pond, participating in Adopt a River could be a unique experience for you and your group.
At Freshwater, we have the privilege of reading public input from Minnesotans all over the state in our people-driven systems change work (like the One Watershed, One Plan efforts). Increasingly, we are reading public comments where people are noting that they have seen their weather change over the last decade, and these changes impact the health of their groundwater, surface waters, ecosystems, and wildlife.
If you really want to understand an environmental or water quality issue, it’s no secret that you have to get out from behind the computer screen once in a while and into the field. After years of editing technical reports, and writing factsheets and news releases for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, I decided to follow that advice.
Freshwater’s latest and youngest interns, high schoolers Winner Soe and Lala Vang, spent the summer of 2021 learning all about Minnesota groundwater with Freshwater Research and Policy Director Carrie Jennings. The Minnesota Groundwater Association funded this internship to give young, diverse students an opportunity to explore the field of groundwater research and conservation and to increase awareness of potential career paths.