NEWSBRIEF: Become a Master Water Steward

Across the Twin Cities, individuals are coming together to make a difference in the health of their communities’ water by becoming trained and certified as Master Water Stewards. In this role, residents have dreamed up, created and installed projects that make measurable impacts on water health. 

Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of Master Water Stewards, with a priority deadline of Friday, Sept. 20. The Master Water Stewards program was developed by the nonprofit Freshwater Society to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to help improve water at the grassroots level in partnership with local governments.

Stewards are certified by participating in a broad training curriculum of water sciences, behavior change education and how the land and climate contribute to water health. They then complete a project that unites the curriculum with action to benefit the health of their local waters.

Master Water Stewards are now volunteering their time for watershed districts and environmental groups, participating on city and local government boards, influencing policy and changing the health of local waters.

To learn more, citizens can visit www.masterwaterstewards.org or attend an upcoming information session. The Freshwater Society will host one on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 14955 Galaxie Ave. in Apple Valley.

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