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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.

    2014 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: 

    Please join WSP from 9-11am at MWMO for a partner meeting, featuring a presentation by April Rust, AIS Training Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: 

    Aquatic Invasive Species Policy, Planning and Education in Minnesota

    People can easily agree that they do not want aquatic invasive species to become established or continue to spread in Minnesota but agreeing on how to achieve that goal is a more difficult challenge. This session will give an overview on aquatic invasive species policy and management in Minnesota, highlighting the key partners and statewide programs. April will introduce outreach, communication and education efforts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, highlighting two example training programs for businesses and trailer owners.  This session will include discussion on communication, education and outreach challenges and opportunities for the State and active aquatic invasive species program partners.   

    April Rust is the aquatic invasive species training coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where she manages and develops training programs on aquatic invasive species law and best practices for businesses, volunteers, employees and the general public. As an educator for the past 20 years, she has worked as a naturalist, K-12 environmental education curriculum developer, water educator and professional development coordinator. April has a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies and Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota.

    See the agenda for more details.

    Hope to see you!

    Click here to go to the WaterShed Partners meetings archive

    Water Words That Work

    Presented by Eric Eckl and the Metro WaterShed Partners to kick-off re-visioning our outreach and education projects. July 21, 2015

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