We strive to provide wide-ranging, useful information about issues facing our watershed – and we hope you’ll be inspired to take action in your community.
We know it takes a village (12 cities and two counties, in fact) to improve water quality throughout the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, and we’re always looking for ways to bring new watershed champions into the fold. Join us!
Each member of our staff plays a variety of roles in education by interacting with local residents, organizations and government entities to protect water resources. We have a full-time education specialist, a communications and outreach coordinator and a half-time school consultant who engage our community in watershed awareness-building and stewardship actions.
We are committed to:
- Expanding our reach and engagement with diverse audiences;
- Increasing equity in the services we provide; and
- Gaining input and guidance from community members.
Why is watershed education important?
The issues impacting our urban ecosystems and water resources may seem daunting. That’s why we work to raise awareness while offering tangible opportunities for you to make a difference.
Whether you are a resident, community group, business, church, teacher or student, you can learn how to apply watershed friendly practices in your yard, parking lots or nearby sidewalks and streets. With an underground maze of storm sewers quickly carrying water to our lakes and streams, every project large and small truly does have an impact.
How can I learn about watershed topics?
From touring project sites to helping plant a rain garden, we offer many opportunities for adults and young people to gain first-hand experience in water quality improvement and habitat restoration.
You can attend a workshop, take a class, participate in a public meeting or forum, volunteer on a project, or visit one of our many demonstration sites including our District office. You’ll find interpretive signs at many of these sites, and you can also download interpretive brochures from our online library.
We sponsor and coordinate workshops for professionals on topics like turf management and “smart salting” for winter roads and parking lots. Interested in helping customize a lesson plan or leading outdoor learning activities for your group or class? We can sync those up with active stewardship projects for a memorable hands-on learning experience.
Want to find stewardship projects near you? Ever wonder where stormwater flows? Visit our interactive watershed map.
For the latest watershed news, be sure to join our email list, visit our News page and follow us on social media. Check out our Events page for workshops and community events including our annual WaterFest celebration at Lake Phalen.