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.

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!

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

Discovery Point Grounds Volunteer

Photography Volunteer

Social Media Newsletter Volunteer

Lake Monitor (CAMP) Volunteer

Storm Drain Marking Volunteer

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

Program Volunteer (Master 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

Master Water Stewards

This training course, based on the successful 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

“The Master Water Steward 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 Master Water Steward

Participants will:

  • Attend 14 classes
  • Install a pollution prevention project that educates about clean water
  • Perform 50 hours of volunteer work after certification

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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