Master Water Stewards

Work for Clean Water
Join Master Water Stewards!

Polluted runoff is the greatest threat to healthy water in Minnesota.

Everything on city streets flows to our lakes and the Mississippi River: pet waste, salt, litter, sediment and plant nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus.

But you can help.

Master Water Stewards will train you to work with other community members to prevent pollution.








Modeled after the Master Gardener program, stewards learn Basic Hydrology, Stormwater 101, Water Policy, Environmental Behavior, Creating a Residential Stormwater Plan and more. Courses will be held locally on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm and some Saturdays beginning October 11, 2016 through April 25, 2017. Stewards complete an education and outreach initiative and in-the-ground stormwater treatment project to become certified.

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be a resident in the watershed district.
  • Complete the application process including one informational meeting.
  • Be proficient in basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office, internet browsing and be willing to learn new programs.
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation.
  • Be willing to serve as a community resource for environmental and watershed information.
  • Complete all class sessions in the Master Water Steward certification process (attendance at all sessions is mandatory).
  • Complete a capstone project.

To maintain certification, a Master Water Steward must:

  • Upon completion of a capstone project, stewards volunteer 50 hours in the first year and 25 hours in subsequent years to maintain their certification.
  • Attend at least 8 hours of continuing education.

Tuition for the Master Water Steward program $200 per steward. Ask your watershed district about scholarships.

Master Water Stewards 2016/2017 Training Schedule  

  • October 11, 2016 – Introduction Session
  • Saturday October 15, 2016 – Watershed Tour
  • November 1, 2016 – Basic Hydrology
  • November 15, 2016 – Capstone Project: What is it?
  • November 29, 2016 – Stormwater 101
  • December 13, 2016 – Water Policy
  • January 10, 2017 – Environmental Behavior and Decision Making
  • January 24, 2017 – Community Engagement
  • Saturday February 11, 2017 – Rainscaping
  • February 28, 2917 – Residential Stormwater Planning
  • March 21, 2017 – BMP Evaluation and Maintenance
  • April 4, 2017 – Capstone Charrette
  • April 25, 2016 – Next Steps



Master Water Stewards is presented by Freshwater Society and sponsored by CRWD and RWMWD.

CRWD (Capitol Region Watershed District) 1410 Energy Park Dr., #4, St. Paul, MN 55108

RWMWD (Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District) 2665 Noel Dr., Little Canada, MN 55117