Since its inception in 2007, the MCWD's annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup has grown steadily into one of the metro area's key stewardship events. The annual event now routinely draws more than 1,000 volunteers to clean up around Minnehaha Creek and area lakes.
The Master Water Stewards program is a partnership between the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with funding provided by the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.
The program works to recruit, inspire and train citizen volunteers who work in their own communities to organize and build projects to keep storm water and the pollutants carried by storm water from flowing into lakes and streams. Stewards receive intensive training on how to protect the lakes and streams from pollution in their neighborhood.
Opportunities for volunteering within the MCWD: WHEP
WHEP offers youth (ages 8-19) the opportunity to learn about wildlife habitat managment and fisheries managment. After the program, participants will be able to judge the quality of a wildlife habitat, have a broader understanding of habitat management practices, and have learned about damage management. The program is a hands-on environmental education program that has been awarded the Conservation Education Award by The Wildlife Society in 1996 and is proud to certify wildlife biologists nationwide.
Carver County opportunities
Carver County has a variety of volunteer opportunities available to help protect water quality in MCWD and Carver County. Opportunities include "Adopt-A-Water" to pick up litter along shorelines, community cleanups for water quality, citizen monitoring programs, and forming a lake/stream association.
The MCWD can also coordinate with Eagle Scouts who have a project that can affect water quality.