The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization invites residents to become Master Water Stewards. The program provides training and opportunities for residents to protect and improve water quality and habitat, engage fellow citizens and promote clean water.
Master Water Stewards are certified by participating in a training led by experts in hydrology, stormwater management, water policy, community-based social marketing and raingarden assessment and installation. They must complete a capstone project that captures rainfall and allows more water to soak into the ground and lead a community outreach event. Stewards become sources of knowledge in their communities.
The cost to enroll in the Master Water Stewards program in the Vermillion River Watershed is $125 per person, which covers course fees and field trips. The cost will be reimbursed to participants upon certification as a master water steward. Scholarships may be available for those with demonstrated financial hardship.
The next Master Water Stewards session begins in October and runs through April 2020. To learn more or to attend an information session, visit www.masterwaterstewards.org. Information sessions will be held:
- Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6–7 p.m. at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, room A, 4100 220th St., Farmington
- Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6–7 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, room 347, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
For program details and to apply, visit www.masterwaterstewards.org. Questions can be directed to Jen Dullum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-891-7086.