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 Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 9 -10:30 amMississippi Watershed Management OrganizationSee location details above.AgendaThe meeting will include a presentation by Karen Solas, Minnesota Polluation Control Agency (MPCA) and Anita Urvina Davis, Richardson, Richter & Associates on "Environmental Justice in Minnesota.” As the state’s environmental protection agency, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is charged with protecting and improving our environment and enhancing human health. The MPCA has recently renewed and strengthened its commitment to environmental justice. This means working to ensure that pollution does not have a disproportionate impact on any group of people, and that all people — regardless of their race, color, national origin or income — benefit from equal levels of environmental protection and have opportunities to participate in decisions that may affect their environment or health. Karen will talk about the agency’s environmental justice framework and what is being done to implement it, as well as current environmental justice issues, challenges, and opportunities in Minnesota. February Meeting/Workshop Communicating on Issues of Equity and Diversity Workshop sponsored by Metro Watershed PartnersWhen: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9-11amWhere: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (for directions: http://mwmo.org/contact-us/)Cost: $40/personRegister: https://www.applyweb.com/public/register?s=25L02BA0 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP We are living in a world dominated by a 24-hour news cycle, ever present social media and increasingly complex social issues around race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, culture and religion. How can our organizations communicate about natural resource protection issues in a way that’s relevant to diverse communities and engages them toward action? Additionally, how can our outreach help advance equity and diversity in our organizations and the broader community? In this interactive, multimedia workshop, seasoned equity and diversity communicators and educators share challenges and barriers to effective communication, as well as best practices for communicators. ABOUT THE PRESENTERS Anitra Cottledge is the director of communications in the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) at the University of Minnesota, where she leads OED’s strategic communications efforts. In addition to her communications experience, she has 15 years of experience as a higher education professional, having worked in areas such as multicultural student affairs and women’s/gender equity. Anne Phibbs is director of education in the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) at the University of Minnesota, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of OED's educational programs. She worked for more than 10 years as an academic advisor and GLBT student services director at Metropolitan State University before coming back to the University of Minnesota to serve as director of the GLBTA Programs Office. *Please note, this workshop takes the place of the regular February meeting of the Metro Watershed Partners. The workshop will take the full two hours; there will be no announcements or partner sharing time during the workshop.