Freshwater Society hosts annual and biennial education events that draw a variety of stakeholders in conversations around water issues, including current trends, new science and technology, and policy and research needs. Topics include innovations in chloride management for winter maintenance staff, policy development for reducing chloride liability issues, trends in green infrastructure and urban planning, the role of citizens in lake management and protection, and many more. Events are held throughout Minnesota to reach varied and targeted audiences.

Freshwater partners with the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences to co-sponsor these engaging, free, public lectures that bring new research and innovations, important water issues, and captivating stories from across the country to Minnesota. We aim to educate and motivate our audiences with the knowledge and tools to better protect our water resources.
Learn more about the Moos Family Lecture Series.

Each spring, Freshwater welcomes and celebrates the return of loons to Minnesota each year as a harbinger of spring and a sign of healthy waters. Our annual Ice Out, Loon In Gala is our primary fundraising event of the year, raising more than $60,000 for freshwater resources. The fun and feel of the evening includes a silent auction, awards, raffle, dinner, and live auction.
Learn more about the Ice Out, Loon In Gala.

Wise use of road salt creates a win-win situation that protects the environment, reduces community expense, and ensures safe roads. Each year, about 300 participants attend this annual symposium to learn about the latest innovations in road salt application and technology and consider new challenges on the horizon. Co-hosts Freshwater and Fortin Consulting present Environmental Leadership Awards to recognize innovation and advancement in chloride reduction and best practices. Learn more about the Road Salt Symposium.

The biennial State of Water Conference brings together community members, lake and river associations, and staff from water resource organizations and agencies to build relationships and learn about recent updates in the work of protecting and caring for our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.
Learn more about the State of Water Conference.

Moos Family Lecture Series