The Mississippi River is the natural life force of the capitol region and the very reason why human settlement exists here. Protecting the river and its ecology must be a shared priority; our quality-of-life depends upon it.
Dozens of water resources drain to the river basin, carrying runoff from densely-populated residential, commercial and industrial neighborhoods. Polluted stormwater upsets the balance of water systems. This weakens water quality and contaminates groundwater that flows into our lakes, rivers and streams. Poor water quality can impact everything from property values to public health.
Established in 1998, Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) protects and improves water quality in the capitol region of Minnesota, including portions of the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Maplewood, Roseville and Lauderdale. We preserve the connections between land, water and people, in order to conserve the wetlands, creeks and lakes that drain to the Mississippi River.
More than 20 years later, CRWD is still using new methods and partnering with governmental and community organizations as well as residents to solve the region’s water quality challenges. Together, we are conserving our shared water resources for the future.CRWD Overview