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    2017 Membership Information

    Clean Water Minnesota is a collaborative outreach project of the Metro Watershed Partners. Working together, we provide resources, training, and support to partners as they work with homeowners in the Twin Cities metro area to keep water clean and healthy. View our most recent work and accomplishments in the Clean Water Minnesota 2016 Annual Report.

    In 2016, we kicked off the first year of a three-year project to produce the very best clean water educational messages and programs, based on the latest research in social science, for our partners to use in their outreach and communications. We promoted our program, gained new partners, and raised $120,000 to support this work.

    We launched a new website at cleanwatermn.org, with new photography, blog stories, and downloadable informational resources. We created and implemented a system to track engagement with these resources, that measures the impact of the campaign overall, and in each member's service area.

    With your support, we will continue to build on these successes in 2017. We will produce twelve new, seasonally appropriate blog stories about community members in the metro area taking action to protect lakes and rivers, along with new photographs and informational resources for our partners to use in their education and outreach work. We will continue to build our following on social media, and help you build yours. We will host trainings and meetings to help our partners use Clean Water MN resources, and build new audiences for clean water messages. In addition, we will begin to build the foundation and framework for a metro-wide Adopt-a-Drain program, with promotional resources and activities, including a toolkit to support community clean-up events with a neighborhood focus, aimed to inspire residents to sweep up, rake up, and pick up streets and sidewalks in the metro area.

    To do this work, we need to raise $120,000 per year. Your contribution will ensure that the people you are trying to reach hear you. Please contribute membership funds now, and make a plan to support us throughout this 3-year campaign. For MPCA permitted cities and watersheds, your membership contribution helps you meet your MS4 public education requirements.

    Find your city or organization on the attached Funding Table to see the level of funding we are requesting from you. These funding recommendations are based on population size for cities, and annual budget for watershed districts. The approach is modeled on the funding structure for the Minnesota City Stormwater Coalition, and based on the level of funding received by the Metro Watershed Partners from similar organizations over the last five years. Please complete and include the Membership Invoice with your payment. For more detailed information about our projected expenses in 2017, refer to our budget.

    We know that you'll have questions about all of this, so feel free to contact anyone on the steering committee for further information—

    Angie Hong, Washington Conservation District,
    651-330-8220 ext. 35, angie.hong@mnwcd.org

    Cole Landgraf, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    651-757-2880, cole.landgraf@state.mn.us

    Deirdre Coleman, Freshwater Society,
    651-313-5806, dcoleman@freshwater.org

    Jen Dullum, City of Farmington
    651-280-6845, jdullum@ci.farmington.mn.us

    Jessica Bromelkamp, Capitol Region Watershed District
    651-644-8888, jessica@capitolregionwd.org

    Lyndon Torstenson, National Park Service, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
    651-293-8426, lyndon_torstenson@nps.org

    Telly Mamayek, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
    952-641-4508, TMamayek@minnehahacreek.org

    Tracy Fredin, Hamline University, Center for Global Environmental Education
    651-523-3105, tfredin@hamline.edu

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