Why form a lake, stream, or watershed group?

River, lake or watershed groups often form around a particular concern for water or shoreline protection. The initial discussion concerning the need for a group generally requires a few meetings and a couple principal leaders, spurring interest and sustaining follow-through.

Regardless of scope or specific focus, river groups, lake associations and other local water conservation organizations are the backbone of water resource protection throughout Minnesota. In today's climate of budget limitations and increasing shoreline development, locally-led groups who know and use the resource are perfectly poised to address these challenges, leading the charge for lake and river protection into the next generation.

Who can help us form a lake, stream or watershed group?

The Watershed Association Initiative (WAI) has been created to help groups through the formative stages. Please contact Jen Kader at 651-313-5800 or jkader@freshwater.org to discuss the formation of your group.