Become a Master Water Steward

In 2016, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Capitol Region Watershed District and Rice Creek Watershed District launched the Master Water Stewards program in partnership with the Freshwater Society.   Stewards-in-training participate in 11 classes and a tour where they learn about local water resources and how to identify projects in their communities to reduce water pollution.  As part of the certification, Master Water Stewards also complete a capstone project to capture and clean rainwater by allowing it to soak into the ground, or other stewardship projects and lead a community outreach event.

Master Water Stewards, Bill Cranford, Rachel Hanks and Phyllis Webster initiated the Adopt-A-Drain program as their capstone project in the Phalen Heights area on the East Side of St. Paul this spring. They reached out to over 700 households to identify residents who would commit to clearing leaves, dirt and trash regularly from storm drains near their homes to prevent pollution from flowing into nearby Lake Phalen and the Mississippi River.

Rachel says, “It’s gratifying to experience positive results from our efforts to improve water quality. We see clean storm drains as we take our regular walks in the neighborhood. We have engaged with our neighbors and are building a network of people who also desire to keep our local Lake Phalen clean.”

For those passionate about clean water and have an interest in getting more involved in your community, Master Water Stewards is a good fit.  Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.  Space is limited with just 14 openings in 2018 (for the three watersheds) so inquire today.

Learn more, apply and RSVP to attend an information session at  Meet watershed district staff at the August 14 info session at 5:30 pm at the Freshwater Society, 2424 Territorial Rd., Suite B, St. Paul.  Or join them at the September 14 info session at Urban Boatbuilders, 2288 University Avenue West in St. Paul where you can get a sneak peak of their workshop and hear Master Water Stewards share stories about their experiences. Please RSVP for the Sept. 14 event at


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