Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. -Vincent Van Gogh


Volunteers like you make the watershed a great place to live. Whether you volunteer once a year or once a month, our work would not be possible without you! These volunteer opportunities are a great way to learn new skills, meet fun people, and protect your local lake or stream.

Adopt a Drain

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

If you have adopted a drain, but need cleaning tools, contact Gael at to borrow a cleanup kit. We have brooms, dustpans, and leaf rakes available to borrow. Garbage bags are also available by request. Pickup and return to Discovery Point (12800 Gerard Dr., Eden Prairie).

Watch this video from Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education to learn more about why this is so important.

Sign up to adopt your own drain at

Storm drain marking and trash cleanups

By marking storm drains, you can remind your neighbors to keep the storm drains clear of trash and debris. The drains lead to the nearest lake or creek, and anything that ends up in the storm drain ends up in the lake.

For storm drain marking or trash cleanups, the District can provide:

  • Storm drain marking kits
  • Gloves
  • Safety vests
  • Trash bags
  • Maps

Check out these simple tips from Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education for keeping your streets and drains clean.

The District also hosts storm drain marking events and trash cleanups. Check our upcoming events page to see if we have anything scheduled!

Fisheries Management (2022)

Image of a woman wearing waders with a cart filled with buckets and bags of corn
A volunteer with equipment for baiting fish nets

We need volunteers in August and September (2022) to bait fish nets with corn in Normandale Lake in Bloomington. The corn attracts carp specifically to the area of the net. Once the fish are trained to group in the area of the fish net, WSB will net and remove the carp from the lake. A minimum of one week (Monday-Friday) commitment and approximately 5-10 hours per week is required to volunteer. Training and materials are provided. Fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering: Fisheries Volunteer Interest Form.

Learn more about this volunteer opportunity!

Read a volunteer position description: Fisheries management

Watch a short video: Baiting nets 101


Trash pick up along Nine Mile Creek
Trash pick up along Nine Mile Creek



Adopt a stretch of Nine Mile Creek and pledge to keep it clean of trash. You can adopt a stretch in a group or by yourself. Adoptions only require one aggressive pick up in early spring before plants start to grow. Learn more about the program and adopt a section here: Adopt a Creek.


Citizen Salt Watch

Volunteer to collect stormwater runoff chloride readings after snow melts. Collect this data to help the District locate chloride hotspots to target outreach about the impacts of salt on our waterbodies and steps to reduce these impacts.

The kit includes three chloride test strips to measure the chloride in melt water coming off parking lots or running down curbs. Volunteers will sample during a melt period or after rain. Sampling every two months is best, but you can sample anytime between November and April. Your data gets uploaded through the Water Reporter App and you are done! The kit comes with instructions to guide you through sampling and uploading data through the app.


This program was created in partnership with the Izaak Walton League of America.

Adopt a Dock Program Kit

Adopt a Dock

The District has an Adopt a Dock program for residents with lakefront property that helps detect aquatic invasive species. Dock owners install a zebra mussel detection plate at the end of their dock, and check it once a month for zebra mussels. If a possible zebra mussel is found, District staff will come out to verify, then report it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Citizen Advisory Committee


As a member of the CAC, your role is to advise the Nine Mile Creek Board of Managers as a representative of citizen interests. This includes informing the board about the public’s concerns, learning about water resource issues and management in the district, and providing assistance with select programs and events. CAC members must live or work within the district.

Learn more at the CAC page

Volunteer and Education Equipment

The District will loan out equipment and materials to help with a volunteer project or educational program.  Look through the Education Resources Booklet to see what we have. Email Gael, Education and Outreach Coordinator at to check availability of the equipment.

Other Volunteer Position Descriptions

Fisheries management

Discovery Point Grounds Volunteer

Photography Volunteer

Social Media Newsletter Volunteer

Lake Monitor (CAMP) Volunteer

Storm Drain Marking Volunteer

Event Tabling Volunteer (MN Water Steward or Citizen Advisory Committee members only)

Program Volunteer (MN Water Steward or Citizen Advisory Committee members only)

Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP)samplingwaterquality

Volunteers in the CAMP program monitor the health of a lake within the District. Water samples are collected by boat twice a month from April through October. The data is used to see water quality trends and make lake management decisions. Training and equipment are provided.

Volunteers must:

  • Attend a one-hour training
  • Have access to a boat
  • Collect bi-weekly water samples

Minnesota Water Stewards

This training course, based on the successful Minnesota Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs, aims to teach people how to keep water clean in their neighborhoods.

This program offers:

  • Training from top water resource professionals
  • Skills to become an effective community leader
  • A fun social network of like-minded people

“This program has not only increased my knowledge of water issues and community engagement strategies, but it has also provided me with valuable connections who helped get me the job I have today.” Lauren Sampedro, Certified Minnesota Water Steward

Participants will:

  • Attend virtual classes
  • Install a pollution prevention project that educates about clean water
  • Perform 50 hours of volunteer work after certification in just the first year

Visit for more information

Service learning and independent study students

Are you a student? Do you have a project in mind that could benefit water? We will work with you to develop a great service learning project. Students of all ages—from elementary, middle and high school to college—are welcome to contact us for details (see below).


Interested in participating in one of these volunteer opportunities? Contact Gael, Education & Outreach Coordinator at or 952-204-9691.

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