Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Deadline Approaching Fast to Become a Master Water Steward

Help us get the community involved in watershed stewardship.
Learn more about the Master Water Stewards program
 by calling Sage Passi!

If you are making a resolution to start making a real difference in your community and are a RWMWD resident*, the Master Water Stewards Program is the perfect opportunity.

Piloted for three years in Minnehaha Watershed District, Master Water Stewards (MWS)will learn and collaborate with a cohort of Master Water Stewards from three watershed districts to develop projects that will protect our local lakes, reduce water pollution and provide community education. Master Water Stewards will have the opportunity to interact with water professionals, technical advisors and community leaders.

Starting in late January, Master Water Stewards will participate in a fabulous curriculum of online and live sessions every other week from January 19 - July 12 on environmental policy, creating a neighborhood stormwater plan for clean water, aquatic invasive species and more. Stewards will pair up to develop a capstone project and create a community outreach initiative. The Watershed District will cover the cost of this training!!

Don't delay, as there are only a couple spots left! Submit your application by December 30th. Applications are available online at

Please contact Sage Passi ASAP for more information at or 651-792-7958.

Example of MWS Impact: Mary & Jessica

Raffling off a rain barrel at a Master Water Stewards garden party
Master Water Stewards Jessica Miller and Mary Hammes installed a stormwater treatment train on Jessica’s property that included a rain barrel which overflows into a new 90 square foot rain garden on Jessica's property. They also redirected Jessica’s downspouts into the rain garden. 

Master Water Stewards introduce their neighbors to two
newly installed BMPs - a rain garden and rain barrel.
For Jessica and Mary’s outreach project, they hosted a garden party at Jessica’s home on August 24th. They invited neighbors to attend the party by talking with people at National Night Out. At the garden party, Jessica and Mary talked about rain gardens and gave a tour of their treatment train. They also taught about downspout redirection and raising lawn mowers higher to highlight low-commitment actions. They also had a mosquito control inspector present to talk about maintaining rain barrels. They raffled off native seeds and a rain barrel as well.

Hear more exciting stories from people who have recently completed the program in this interactive 'geovisualization' map.

Make this resolution for community and clean water, then make it stick by signing up today!

* To find out if you are a resident of the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, see our interactive map here.

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