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Take a journey through Fiscal Year 2022
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Freshwater hosts science brownbag on nutrient cycling
Mike Berndt, retired DNR Research Analyst, presented his work on nutrient cycling in Normandale Lake. A total of 43 people were engaged in Mike's presentation and some of those folks included MPCA water quality scientists, watershed district and city staff. These important conversations are paving the way for standards for surface water.
Photo of Normandale Lake, courtesy of Mike Berndt
Netflix documentary films collaborative work at Regi Haslett Maroquin's regenerative agriculture farm
Netflix documentary stars are among us! Freshwater research and policy director Carrie Jennings and other partners participated in the filming of Regi's regenerative agriculture practices on his farm near Northfield - one of the farm sites of our collaborative research project for soil health and water quality. This documentary will be a wonderful opportunity to highlight our work with Regi and other water quality concerns.
Photo courtesy of Carrie Jennings
KARE 11 features Freshwater in water conservation segment
July 2021 was hot and dry! Executive Director John Linc Stine was featured in a KARE 11 segment about water conservation at home with reporter Kiya Edwards. Click here to watch the interview segment and integrate some of these water conservation practices into your own home if you haven't already!
Chyann Erickson joins Freshwater as an Office Administrative Assistant!
Chyann joined the Freshwater team at the end of July 2021 to take on many pieces of the Weatherguide distribution process.
Record Weatherguide sales amidst absence from the State Fair
Freshwater adapted and pivoted throughout the pandemic, with the 2021 State Fair being no exception. Even without a physical presence at the Fair, Freshwater increased online Weatherguide sales by 54% over 2020.
Severe drought conditions announced for Minnesota
After prolonged periods without rain and much of the state experiencing severe drought, the state announced a drought warning phase. This raises questions of planning for climate resiliency.
Minnesota GreenCorps member Karyna Kloude joins Freshwater
Karyna worked on Freshwater's new program, Adopt a River. The focus of her service year was increasing the program’s sustainability, creating and revamping educational tools, and reaching new audiences.
Freshwater in the field: Clean Water Council tours Southwest and Northern Minnesota
Jen Kader was wearing her Clean Water Council Member hat as a part of the two tours. The first, the annual field tour, was focused in far southwest Minnesota, specifically on the topic of nitrate in groundwater. The second brought Jen to the other end of the state to tour and discuss the beneficial impact of a community sewer project in Voyageurs National Park that is bringing environmental and economic benefits to the region.
Jennings quoted in MPR story about agricultural irrigation – praises conservation; warns it may not be enough
In this MN Public Radio Story, Carrie Jennings commented in support of technology advancements among Minnesota’s agricultural irrigators to conserve groundwater. Jennings also noted that “unchecked irrigation in some parts of the state could have long-term impacts on groundwater aquifers and surface waters like trout streams.”
Olivia Forsheé joins the team
In her final year at Macalaster, Olivia Forsheé joined the team as a remote intern. Olivia’s focus during her internship was Freshwater's diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) initiative. She worked with Freshwater Senior Program Manager Jen Kader, compiling data from interviews and shaping strategies for Freshwater to increase its DEI efforts.
Empowering grassroots action for water - one water steward’s path:
From becoming a MN Water Steward to tackling water quality projects in her own neighborhood. Read about active Steward and Freshwater member Chris Kunz's journey to action for clean water.
Calendars in the classroom: virtual learning style
Each year Freshwater works in partnership with the Jeffers Foundation to provide the Weatherguide calendar as an educational resource in schools across Minnesota. Even in times of virtual learning, the Weatherguide still remains a great resource for instilling a love of weather and nature in students! Read about Calendars in the Classroom at Crosslake Community School and Mahtomedi Public Schools.
Indigenous participation in Great Lakes Governance: an environmental justice perspective
This Moos lecture featuring Dr. Deborah McGregor set some new Moos records and created an important avenue for increasing perspectives of Indigenous water heritage and practices. Check out the recording from the lecture.
Donors Make Waves for Freshwater on Give to the Max Day
Thanks to our generous donors and members, we were able to surpass our $15,000 goal for Give to the Max in support of our intern and professional development program.
Donor Appreciation event
Freshwater hosted its first-ever virtual donor appreciation event with presentations from staff, board, and community partners. With over 50 people in attendance we loved the opportunity to thank our donors and members in a safe environment. As one donor shared, “Very well done. It tells the supporters that their dollars are making a difference.”
Jen Kader's many changing hats
Jen was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Clean Water Council and promoted to Director for Engagement and Systems Change. You can read more about these changes in this article.
New Cohort of Minnesota Water Stewards begins
Twenty-six volunteers began their journey toward becoming community leaders for clean water as the Minnesota Water Stewards Welcome Workshop kicked off the program year.
Talia Berkman joins the team
Talia (Tali) Berkman joined the team in January 2022 as a Program Intern. Throughout the course of her internship Tali worked to implement effective communication strategies for the Adopt a River program. Her work culminated in an ArcGIS StoryMap that paired spatial maps and visuals in a narrative form to showcase the impact of this program.
Freshwater Fun at Big Island and Back
Another successful, albeit chilly, Big Island and Back event is in the books. About 120 participants skied, snowshoed, or fat tire biked the 10 km track around the eponymous island.
Jennings presents early results of Groundwater Governance Report
On Thurs. Feb. 10, Carrie Jennings presented for the University of Minnesota’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar and received this feedback from the director of MN’s office of the U.S. Geological Survey: “Superb talk today, Carrie. This work seems to be incredibly impressive and important - I will look forward to learning a lot from this.”
These presentations were followed by two presentations of preliminary project results at the EPA Region 5’s Tribal Environmental Program Management Conference in March.
Bri Jol joins Freshwater as a Research and Policy Intern
Bri Jol joined Freshwater as an intern to support Carrie Jennings' work on the proposed Talon Mine near Tamarack, MN among other projects including helping facilitate tribal engagement opportunities for groundwater.
Freshwater video celebrates World Water Day on March 22
This year's World Water Day is all about groundwater. Check out this video Freshwater made to celebrate the occasion - and our love of groundwater!
Adopt a River toolkit launches
After months of research and hard work, the Adopt a River team launches a toolkit for participants. With over 32,000 cleanups and 11,000 miles of shoreline cleaned to date, Adopt a River is making an impact!
Moos speaker Dr. Janice Brahney engages hundreds on the topic of microplastics.
Water Connects Us - a success!
Thanks to the generous and caring support from Freshwater members and donors we cooked up some delicious food with Beth Dooley, learned more about regenerative agriculture and its impact on water, and raised over $65,900 for our programs!
Check out the recording here if you missed it!
Freshwater Board and staff collect trash along Minnesota River, removing everything from aluminum cans and candy wrappers to discarded furniture and machinery.
Extra Innings? by Carrie Jennings, Research and Policy Director
“The legislative session has gone into extra innings more often than not recently. Is this the new norm? This time the game was called with bases loaded and only a couple of runs on the scoreboard. Runners left on base and the pitcher were playing chicken when the lights went off.
Read Carrie’s full blog post.
Photo courtesy of Joe Birkholz, Conservation Strategies
Freshwater Facets June Quarterly Newsletter highlights our work so far in 2022 and looks forward to what's coming.
Features include Adopt a River cleanups across Minnesota and an all new visual Story Map, details for our upcoming member appreciation event, and more!
Freshwater prepares for in-person Weatherguide calendar sales at the MN State Fair for the first time since 2019!
The excitement for getting back to the State Fair in 2022 is palpable - and we can't wait to see you there!
Remembering Darby Nelson - Longtime Advocate for MN Lakes and Rivers, Friend of Freshwater
We were deeply saddened to hear of Darby Nelson's passing on Jan. 13, 2022. Darby and his life and paddling partner, Geri, have had a strong impact on Freshwater over the years. They founded our present-day internship program and share a deep passion for the health of our lakes and rivers. Darby was a board member for a multitude of organizations including Freshwater and an incredible philanthropist. He was a teacher of biology and environmental science at Anoka Ramsey Community College for 35 years and earned the first ecology Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1970. He served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, passing a multitude of laws for environmental protections. He was a prolific writer, publishing two award-winning books (For Love of Lakes, and For Love of a River—The Minnesota); an avid cross-country skier; and father to two children and grandfather to five. Thank you, Darby, for being a friend to Freshwater.
Financial summary FY2022
|Cash and cash equivalents||$213,671|
|Other current assets||$46,623|
|Liabilities and Net Assets|
|Deferred rent liability||$17,609|
|Unrestricted net assets||$5,156,238|
|Temporarily restricted net assets||$304,103|
|Permanently restricted net assets||$58,375|
|Total net assets||$5,518,716|
|Total Liabilities and Net Assets||$5,721,702|
|Support and program revenues||$1,076,907|
|Interest and investment income, net||($566,853)|
|Program services expenses||($1,369,283)|
|Management and general expenses||($181,781)|
|Change in Net Assets||($1,189,359)|
This screen shot is a good representation of how we worked during FY2022!
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