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“The impact I hope to have as a Master Water Steward is that I will be able to be a reservoir of knowledge. Once I learn what I came here to learn, I can share it with others…The Master Water Stewards program is a way that people learn to manage the rain that falls on the ground and make sure it doesn’t wash bad stuff into the water.” – Kristina Geiger, Master Water Stewards participant.
The Freshwater Society, in partnership with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, has recruited and is training volunteers to become Master Water Stewards in Minneapolis communities surrounding the creek and the Chain of Lakes. Those volunteers, like Kristina Geiger, will gain expertise and then organize their own neighbors to conserve and protect water through actions such as installing rain gardens, downspouts and rain barrels.
Thanks to support from Freshwater Society members, we had the funds to hire assistance to write a successful Clean Water Fund grant proposal with the watershed district.
In another project, more than 27,000 Girl Scouts, parents and adult volunteers spent a Saturday last fall protecting lakes, rivers and streams by conducting Community Clean-Us for Water Quality in 49 counties across Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.
They collected nearly 2 million pounds of leaves and soil that, otherwise, could have been carried by stormwater into lakes and streams. In 2013, Girl Scouts of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys council again conducted clean-ups.
Thanks to support from our members and our project partner, Friends of the Minnesota Valley, Freshwater had resources to market this program to the Girl Scouts for the council’s Centennial Day of Service.
These are just two of more than a dozen Freshwater Society programs that protect our water resources through citizen outreach and engagement, partnerships with other organizations and our own research and publications.
If you are not a member of the Freshwater Society, join now as an individual — $50 — or as a family — $100 — and receive a 2014 Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar as a free gift. Call or email Whitney Canton, or join on-line, below.
Or, if you join or re-join the Freshwater Society with a gift of $100 or more, we’ll send you your choice of three wonderful gifts: the Weatherguide calendar; Voyageur Skies, a book by Don Breneman and Mark Seeley, or For Love of Lakes, a book by Darby Nelson. Allow two weeks for delivery of the books.