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 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 When: Wednesday, April 13, 9:00 - 11:00am What: Cole Landgraf from the MPCA will give a brief presentation on the MS4 permit. Then, since the Watershed Partners Steering Committee has the utmost confidence we can fund our new media campaign, we'll hold a quick, fun brainstorming session to identify the behaviors you want to encourage, and the messages we will send to our homeowner audience, in the fall and winter Clean Water MN editorial calendar. Agenda: See attached agenda. Workshop in May Sign up for the May 11, 2016 Using Plain Language for Effective Communication workshop.