Metro WaterShed Partners The WaterShed Partners is an innovative, dynamic coalition of over 60 public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Through collaborative education and outreach, we promote a public understanding that inspires people to act to protect water quality in their watershed. What we do The WaterShed Partners believe that by working together and pooling resources, we can reach more people with information about the importance of clean water and what to do to keep it clean. To learn about the work of the WaterShed Partners, go to the Current Projects page. What is an urban watershed? A watershed, or drainage basin, is the area of land that rain and snowmelt flows over on its way to entering a lake, river, or wetland. Even if your home is not next to a lake, river, or wetland, you still live in a watershed. What is runoff pollution? In the city, water flows over streets and sidewalks and into storm drains, which go directly into rivers and streams without being treated. So when water picks ups trash or pollutants, it carries them directly to the nearest lake or river. This is run-off pollution. To prevent it, cut down on lawn fertilizers, rake up leaves and grass clippings, and keep streets clean. 2017 Membership Information Volunteer at the Minnesota State Fair We are looking to the partners to help staff the WaterShed Partners exhibit. Monthly Meetings The WaterShed Partners meet regularly, the second Wednesday of each month to network, share information, and hear presentations on important topics related to stormwater education. The meetings take place from 9:00 -11:00 am. See below for information on the next meeting. Location: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) in northeast Minneapolis Directions Meeting Room: The session will be held in the larger of the two buildings that make up the MWMO facility. Go to the "downstairs" classroom, which is on the main level of the building Parking: There is limited parking available in the MWMO parking lot. Overflow parking is available on neighborhood streets. Please do not park in neighboring lots. Phone: 612-465-8780 Meeting Minutes: Click here to go to the WaterShed Partners meetings archive Next Meeting June 14: Save the Date for the upcoming annual Watershed Partners boat trip on the Magnolia Blossom, June 14. RSVP requested. May 10: 9-11am at Mississippi Watershed Management Organization - Directions The workshop portion of the May meeting will commence at 9:30 am: Volunteer Management—The Care and Feeding of Volunteers to Ensure your Return on Investment! This workshop will be beneficial to those who work with and support volunteers as you continue to build your volunteer corps for your organization. It is being hosted in partnership with UMN Extension, and will feature Extension Educators Amy Rager and Andrea Lorek Strauss with the Master Naturalists volunteer program. Topics will include: How to communicate with volunteers How to engage volunteers in their work, and keep them motivated! The concept of a volunteer ‘life cycle’, and what that means for the 21st Century volunteer See attached agenda for more information.