The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) invites you to become a Master Water Steward. The program, developed by the Freshwater Society, provides training and opportunities to protect and improve water quality and habitat.

The cost to enroll in the program is $125 per person and will be reimbursed upon certification. Scholarships may be available.

The next session is October through April 2019. To learn more and apply, visit the Master Water Stewards website. Attendance at an information session is required. Attend one in the Vermillion River Watershed on Tuesday, July 10, or Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. See more information sessions.

Master Water Stewards are certified by participating in a broad training curriculum led by experts in hydrology, stormwater management, water policy, community-based social marketing, and raingarden assessment and installation. They must complete a capstone project and lead a community outreach event. Stewards then become a point of knowledge and influence in their communities.