State of Water Conference

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“I have been inspired every time I come.”
– Community member

“I attend several similar conferences each year. There is something different about how Freshwater approaches this conference. Somehow, it's more grounded and creates a better atmosphere for connectedness. I'm leaving with more ideas and information I can act on and with more contacts.”
– Private sector staff person

“I’m set up to better meet people where they are, based on their concerns.”
– State agency staff person

2020 State of Water Conference:
Clear action for clean water

Connect, Inspire, Empower

April 30-May 1, 2020
Mille Lacs Grand Casino

Register now at the "Loony-good" Early Bird Rate!

$145 "Loony-good" Early Bird rate through February 29
$195 Regular registration
$69/night special attendee room rate

All around us there are inspiring and empowering stories of people coming together to work for Minnesota’s waters. For nearly 20 years, Minnesotans from across the state have come together at the biennial State of Water Conference to connect, learn from others, contribute their own stories and ideas, and become further equipped to protect Minnesota’s waters.

Community members have always been on the front lines of advancing state and local action, and that remains true today. Collaborations that involve grassroots community members, local governments, and state agencies can lead to powerful and durable changes as we work together for Minnesota’s waters.

The 2020 State of Water Conference will bring these different voices and perspectives together to support and further our shared goals. Set on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs, a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty, the conference will take place April 30-May 1 at Mille Lacs Grand Casino. With a focus on sharing stories about the State of Water and action being taken, this conference is an opportunity to connect, learn, contribute, and gear up to take efforts to the next level. This year’s conference will feature place-based sessions, an opportunity to provide feedback on a statewide water plan, and more. Join us for this innovative conference—you won’t want to miss it!

"Loony-good" Early Bird registration now open! We are celebrating the leap year and February’s extra day by extending our crazy early bird rate through February 29 – take the leap and register today!

Lodging: We have a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $69/night. To reserve your room, call the hotel at 1-800-468-3517, press 1 for Mille Lacs Hotels and central reservations and mention the group name "State of Water Conference" or group code SWC0429. To ensure a room and take advantage of this price, make your reservation early.

Interested in sponsorship or purchasing an exhibit booth?
Check out our sponsorship levels or contact Mary Salisbury at or 651-313-5817. 

2020 State of Water Conference Registration


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Cancellation Policy: You may change your registration and send a substitute from your organization by notifying us in writing at any time prior to the event without incurring any cancellation or processing fees. Cancellations made on or before 03/30/20 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. Cancellations made after 04/16/20 will be refunded minus a $100 per person cancellation fee. Participants that registered but neither attended nor cancelled on or before 04/29/20 will be charged the full registration fee.

Media Policy: Unless you specifically advise us otherwise in writing, by attending this event you authorize Freshwater Society to use your name, likeness, image, attributed quotations, or other identifying indicia acquired or received in connection with your participation, in Freshwater’s future promotional efforts and related activities.

This event is hosted by Freshwater and Conservation Minnesota.

View presentations from the 2018 conference hereLearn more about the 2018 exhibitors.

Check out the event's Facebook page and the photo gallery from 2018.
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