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    We're beginning the third and probably most exciting year of our 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 are counting on your continued support this year, as we build the technological and conceptual frameworks to support the launch of a metro-wide Adopt-a-Drain program.

    To recap our last two years: in 2016, 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.

    In 2017, we produced twelve new blog stories about local residents working to protect lakes and rivers. Several of these stories were quite timely, were re-posted by organizations in the broader community, and attracted the attention of local media sources like Minnesota Public Radio. We also created 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. As we roll out the metro-wide Adopt-a-Drain, this kit will also support grassroots promotion of the program.

    In 2018, we will continue to produce blog stories, 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.

    To do this work, we need to raise $130,000. Your contribution will help us continue to build compelling and consistent messages and programs that inspire residents in your community to take action to protect water. For MPCA permitted cities and watersheds, your membership contribution helps you meet your MS4 public education requirements.

    If you are looking to become a new member, thank you. You can find a table with the requested levels of funding here: http://bit.ly/2Elna01 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 Watershed Partners from similar organizations over the last five years. Please email us to request an invoice: cleanwatermn@hamline.edu.

    More information about the coming year, including a list of projected expenses, is included in the 2017 report.

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

    Sincerely, the 2018 Steering Committee of the Metro Watershed Partners—

    Alisa Reckinger, Hennepin County Environment and Energy
    612-348-4788, alisa.reckinger@hennepin.us

    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, Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization 
    952-891-7086, jennifer.dullum@co.dakota.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.gov

    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