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Infographic showing groundwater use and agency roles

What’s the fuss over water governance?

Minnesota’s water governance is considered some of the best in the country, and we’ve been hearing a lot about it since we began a year-long project in March 2021 to assess governance across six states and tribal nations within them: Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes States.

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Water equity—a new term?

We love and cherish water here in Minnesota, and we’re proud of our “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi heritage. The presence and quality of our lakes and rivers and abundant drinking water (mostly from our groundwater systems) is easy to take for granted. It seems like we Minnesotans are water rich, but is Minnesota a water-rich state for everyone who lives here?

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Adopt a River: cleaning it up

Adopt a River is a new Freshwater program in the works for Spring 2022. It’s a revised version of a great idea that originated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the 1980s, when the program evolved out of the environmental concerns and aimed to empower Minnesotans as stewards and ambassadors of the state’s public waters.

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Pharmaceuticals in our water

We had near-record sign up for our Earth Day Moos lecture delivered by Alistar Boxall, who holds a doctorate in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry, from his home office in near the University of York in England.

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The chicken-soil-water quality connection

Freshwater’s Carrie Jennings and some dedicated volunteer* scientists have spent several Fridays this spring collecting background data on soil in a conventionally farmed field that will be converted to regenerative practices.

Meet the family behind Clean Lakes MN

A Q&A with Chris Lundeen of Clean Lakes MN

Several Streams of Water Policy

The Freshwater legislative focus is on two major water issues, one surface water and one groundwater, and one funding issue, that Legacy Funds are spent in accordance with the Clean … Read more

Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region

Freshwater launched a year-long project funded by the Joyce Foundation with an all-team, virtual meeting during the first week of March. The team is also growing! Workgroups are being built … Read more

Does anyone balance their checkbook anymore?

In an age of online and digital banking and financial services, it might be hard to find someone who balances their checkbook. We all need to know our balance, but … Read more

Members Make a Difference: Looking Back over 2020

Last year, our community experienced extreme hardship: lost loved ones, lost jobs, and serious health threats to ourselves and our families. But through it all, Freshwater members continued to show … Read more

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