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    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.

    2013 Annual Report and Membership Information

    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:  www.mwmo.org/Contacts.html

    • 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 

    Next Meeting 

    Please join us for the next meeting of the Metro WaterShed Partners: 

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9-11am at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization offices. 

    See the agenda for address and parking information.

    Presentation by Laura Adler, City of Edina: Community-Based Water Resources Policy Development

    In 2014, Edina developed an official policy on aquatic vegetation management in lakes and ponds. Shoreline residents in Edina are deeply invested in their neighboring water body, and have a keen interest in how they are managed. Over a period of 6 months, Edina hosted a series of public meetings designed to educate, engage, and develop consensus among stakeholders. The result is a policy that addresses lake and pond functions including water quality, flood control and drainage, aesthetics, recreation and wildlife, while providing a path for residents to learn and get involved in the management of their local water body.

    Laura Adler is the Water Resources Coordinator for the City of Edina. She has over 10 years’ experience in local government developing policy and programs for water resources management. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota, is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a member of the Metro Watershed Partners Steering Committee. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

    Click here to go to the WaterShed Partners meetings archive

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