About the Watershed Association Initiative

With 126 lakes, countless wetlands and miles of streams in the District, we know that citizen leaders are essential part of protecting and improving our waters. In September of 2006 the Watershed Association Initiative (WAI) began. Through this program the MCWD wants to activate groups of citizens who have come together with the common value of protecting their local water resources.

The scientific expertise, organizational development resources, and citizen-led conservation experience that both the MCWD and the Freshwater Society provide are important for a strong start and a sustainable future for lake, stream, and watershed associations.

Goals within the WAI within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District:

  • Empower citizens to help meet local water quality goals by strengthening stewardship practices
  • Educate property owners on ways to form healthy, effective, and sustainable citizen-led, water focused organization
  • Provide workshops to newly forming and established water protection groups to help them create Action Plans to meet fund-raising, organizational, and communication goals.
  • Strengthen and encourage collaboration between local businesses, government, non-profit, and citizen-led lake, stream or watershed associations.
  • Promote a network of peer-to-peer learning and opportunities for citizen groups
  • Strengthen and encourage collaboration between local businesses, government, non-profit, and citizen-led lake, stream or watershed associations.
  • Promote a network of peer-to-peer learning and opportunities for citizen groups
  • Provide funding through the Mini-Grant Program to help establish groups

Please contact Jen Kader at 651-313-5807 or jkader@freshwater.org to discuss the formation of your group.