Become a Minnesota Water Steward

Now accepting applications for Minnesota Steward Program

Do you want to protect clean water in a lake or stream you care about? Become a Minnesota Water Steward!  This program provides training on how to protect local lakes and creeks from pollution. Following the training, Stewards put their knowledge into action in their own communities.

When it rains, oil from cars, salt, fertilizer, litter and other debris flow off the landscape into nearby storm drains, which empty into local lakes and creeks. Runoff is the number one threat to clean water, and Minnesota Water Stewards play a vital role in reducing its impact. By joining the growing ranks of these passionate and dedicated people, you can make a difference in keeping water clean and healthy.

The 6-session course, which runs from October through March, is taught by top industry professionals and offers a network of like-minded peers. The course uses a blended learning approach, with both online and in-person classes. Stewards then build projects in their neighborhoods that prevent polluted rainwater from entering our lakes and creeks, and educate their neighbors on clean water issues. Past projects include raingardens, rain barrels, cisterns, water-permeable walkways and other clean water landscaping.

The one-time cost to enroll in the Minnesota Water Stewards Program is $200 per person, which covers course fees and field trips. Scholarships may be available.

To qualify, applicants must live in a participating watershed district and attend an information session.

Upcoming Info Sessions:

July 23, 6-7 PM, Smith Coffee, Eden Prairie

August 20, 6-7 PM, Cream and Amber, Hopkins


For more details and to apply, visit