Freshwater programs equip individuals and communities to become active players in protecting and preserving water resources. From on-the-ground community engagement to facilitation services that coordinate the work of statewide agencies and water groups, we multiply the benefits to our water resources.

Master Water Stewards
Freshwater’s Master Water Stewards program educates and trains community volunteers on local water issues. These certified volunteers engage others in their own communities to protect and improve water quality. As of 2018, we have certified almost 300 Stewards. Learn more about Master Water Stewards.

Facilitation Services
Freshwater provides consulting facilitation services for water resource professionals, neighborhood groups, lake associations, and decision-makers. These services move entities from conversation to action. We help them develop and implement public input processes, set goals, plan collaboratively, resolve organizational conflicts, and manage difficult conversations, resulting in stronger organizations and more work completed.

Lake Association Support
Freshwater helps lake associations and river groups across the state identify and work towards the priorities they have for their water body.

Weatherguide Calendars in the Classroom
Freshwater has published the Minnesota Weatherguide Environment™ Calendar/Almanac since 1975. These high-quality calendars include daily information on sunrise/sunset times, moonrise/moonset, normal and record high/low temps, and record precipitation, along with moon phases, significant events and special dates, meteorology, nature notes, astronomy, conservation tips, water facts, and amazing regional photography. Proceeds support the work of Freshwater and calendars are used in classrooms throughout the state to teach kids about meteorology, phenology, and astronomy.
Read more about Weatherguides.

Master Water Stewards

Minnesota Weatherguide
Environment Calendars