Our Work

We are a Minnesota nonprofit on a mission to inspire and empower people to value and preserve water. We use science to engage communities from small towns to the Capitol about how to sustainably improve our water for future generations.

outdoor cleanup crew

Since 1989, Adopt a River has supported over 3,200 cleanups that have engaged over 90,000 volunteers in 300,000 hours of service to watershed areas throughout the state. Adopt a River is now a Freshwater Program!

Minnesota state capitol building

Freshwater promotes public policy that protects and preserves Minnesota’s water resources, both surface water and groundwater.

two people in canoes on a lake

Research done by Freshwater staff, including work on surface water and groundwater, helping protect and preserve our water resources.

woman gardening; shirt says, "clean water starts here"

This program certifies stewards, who then go on to volunteer their time for watershed districts, cities, counties, and environmental groups; participate on city and local government boards; influence policy; and improve the health of our waters.

group of people in a meeting

Freshwater believes in facilitation, building shared buy-in, and supporting people-driven systems change.

Minnesota Weatherguide calendar cover 2022

The Weatherguide, available in both a wall and engagement calendar version, has been Minnesota's favorite calendar for more than 45 years. It includes nature photography, phenology, weather astronomy, gardening info—and more!