Water Matters

Is water quality important to you?  If so, you ought to know about the Freshwater Society (FWS) with its offices in Anoka and Excelsior.

Here are some of its programs:

  • Organize community clean-ups for water quality to reduce phosphorous flow into lakes and streams.
  • Host conferences on road salt.
  • Lead a nutrient sampling program for 14-16 year old youth workers as part of the Mississippi River Green Team youth outreach at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.
  • Organize Minnesota Farm Wise, a program to help establish farmer-led watershed initiatives.
  • Establish a Master Water Stewards program that trains, certifies, and supports community leaders to install pollution prevention projects.
  • Support a speaker series open to the public that brings national experts on water issues to St Paul.

These are just a few of many projects this collaborative organization is engaged with.

With The Nature Conservancy, the Freshwater Society is working hard to see to it that clean water fund dollars from the Legacy Amendment are being used wisely.

Most recently FWS staff have gathered together a large collection of data on ground water conditions in the state of Minnesota.  (It is telling that the reporters of recent news stories on groundwater came to FWS staff for data.)

This organization is broadly understood to be highly credible and effective organization.

To learn more, check www.freshwater.org.

Darby Nelson

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