The Cynthia Krieg Stewardship Fund was established by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) in 2000 in memory of Cynthia Krieg, who dedicated her life to community service and natural resource protection. The fund is dedicated to projects that promote environmental stewardship through education and innovation within the District. In her vibrant life of 46 years, Krieg lived passionately and with compassion. She was a champion for change and a spark of hope. Throughout her life she made a significant difference in her community through environmental, religious and social causes. Her example inspired others to care about people and issues in their own communities, and in whatever circle she joined, Cynthia inevitably found its center. She focused on what was important, rallied support, rolled up her sleeves and worked tirelessly. But she also counted on community commitment to carry out the job. Cynthia planted ideas — seeds of change — that continue to bloom within our communities. We honor her dynamic spirit by finding our own community connections, working with others to improve our quality of life.
Stewardship Fund Purpose This fund encourages and supports community service initiatives to protect water quality and promote public awareness of efforts to address nonpoint source pollution. The MCWD wishes to partner with community groups, schools, and government agencies to engage citizens in water quality protection through this memorial fund. Please review the guidelines of funded projects (and descriptions of past projects) and consider what you can do in your community to promote water quality awareness and improvement. A pre-proposal application can be found here.
MCWD Communications Director Telly Mamayek discusses the program on WCCO Radio:
No matter where you live, you have waterfront property. When rain falls on your property, it washes off into a nearby storm drain and ends up in a nearby lake, stream or wetland. On the way it picks up all kinds of pollutants and debris. This “stormwater runoff” is the No. 1 source of water pollution.
The best way to prevent this pollution is by keeping water where it lands, letting it soak into the ground and be naturally filtered by the earth. The MCWD can help pay for up to 75% of projects that catch runoff and educate the community on the importance of stormwater management.
What you need to know
Grants are open to any person or organization. The project must be in the MCWD. Check if you are in the District here.
For most homeowner projects, apply by June 30. Institutions may apply year-round.
Homeowners are eligible for up to $2,500 for projects in their yard and up to $5,000 for native shorelines
Grants can reimburse costs of design, materials and labor
MCWD requires a design before issuing a grant. A list of design professionals is available at www.bluethumb.org/partners. The District does not design projects.