NEWSBRIEF: Become a Master Water Steward

Are you concerned about water pollution? Is there a water quality problem in your neighborhood that you want to fix? Want to get off the sidelines and make real change? The Master Water Stewards program is a great opportunity to learn how to solve environmental problems in your community and find a local network of energized leaders.

The Lower Mississippi River Watershed Management Organization (LMRWMO) is sponsoring two participants for the Fall Master Water Stewards Class, a $2,250 value for the classes. Applications are being accepted until Sept. 9. Note this deadline is earlier for residents of the LMRWMO than the typical application deadline. The two successful applicants will be asked to provide $250 towards the classes, which will be reimbursed upon completion.

 

What Master water stewards do

• Assess watersheds — Identify pollution sources and create strategies for reducing pollutants.

• Educate communities — Help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.

• Reduce pollutants — Work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer or pesticides.

• Coordinate action — Help communities reduce polluted runoff by coordinating the installation of raingardens, native gardens, natural shoreline plantings, rainbarrels and other rainscaping techniques.

To learn more, citizens are asked to attend an upcoming information session. There will also be sessions at Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, on July 30 and Aug. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Please note that you need not attend an info session to apply.

Applications are available at masterwaterstewards.org. Please contact Joe Barten, LMRWMO administrator, at 651-480-7784 with any questions.

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