VRWJPO invites residents to become Minnesota Water Stewards. The program provides training and opportunities for residents to protect and improve water quality and habitat, engage your neighbors, and promote clean water.
Freshwater developed the Minnesota Water Stewards (formerly Master Water Stewards) program in 2013, and Vermillion River Watershed is one of many watershed organizations sponsoring the classes. The program provides opportunities for watershed residents to develop expertise in improving and protecting water resources through training, hands-on projects, and outreach.
Minnesota Water Stewards are certified by participating in a a 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 that captures rainfall and allows more water to soak into the ground, and lead a community outreach event. Following certification, the Minnesota Water Stewards can help people in the watershed who are looking for ways to improve their local water resources through specific outreach and action.
The cost to enroll in the Minnesota Water Stewards program in the Vermillion River Watershed is $125 per person, which covers course fees and field trips. The cost will be reimbursed to participants upon certification as a Minnesota Water Steward. Scholarships may be available for those with demonstrated financial hardship.
For more details and to apply, visit minnesotawaterstewards.org. Applications are now being accepted for 2022, with virtual information sessions scheduled for interested parties. Learn more here. The 2022 Minnesota Water Stewards session begins in January and runs through October.
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