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. 2016 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 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 Please join us aboard the Magnolia Blossom to celebrate our work on the new Clean Water MN outreach campaign, and 100 years of National Parks! When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 8:15 am to 11:30 am (CDT) Agenda Where: Magnolia Blossom Riverboat - Departing from Watergate Marina 2500 Crosby Farm Road, Saint Paul, MN 55116 - View Map Register Online In addition to river views, delicious food, and networking with other water professionals, we will offer the following talks and activities: "National Park Service Centennial at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area"—John Anfinson, Superintendent, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA), National Park Service. Dr. John Anfinson will speak on this year's National Park Service Centennial from the standpoint of our national park on the Mississippi River. He will highlight special events and activities of the NRRA this year, reflect on the meaning of the last century and look ahead to the next century for the NPS and the NRRA. "Birds and Birding on the Mississippi River"—Gordon Dietzman, Park Ranger, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service. Gordon will highlight representative birds seen on the Mississippi River, the importance of the river as bird habitat, and discuss tips on how to go "birding." He will bring a tub of binoculars and help us find and appreciate birds! (You may also bring your own binoculars.) "Photographic Scavenger Hunt"—Angie Hong, Water Resource Educator for the East Metro Water Resources Educational Partners, will lead a hunt to capture photographic evidence of the flora and fauna on the river.