Freshwater Society

Mission Statement

The mission of Freshwater Society is to inspire and empower people to value and preserve our freshwater resources.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Freshwater continued our policy work and recommendations for action. We presented on numerous occasions across the state on topics such as landslides, increased flows, river restoration, and water protection. We worked with watershed districts and other stakeholders to facilitate conversations around water resources. We hosted multiple events to educate and engage people including our Moos Lectures, our Road Salt Symposium, and our State of Water Conference. We graduated another class of certified Master Water Stewards to continue this program's impact and community leadership for clean water. The work of these certified stewards protects our lakes and rivers and infiltrates over 3 million gallons of water each year before it reaches our waterways. We brought our MN Environment Weatherguide Calendars to over 20,000 people across Minnesota that helps people connect to the outdoors and gain a deeper appreciation of the environment.
Current Goals Advocate for state and local policies, improved effectiveness, and implementation that supports the reduction and prevention of the most significant source of (mostly) agricultural and (some) urban non-point pollution; Advocate for state and local policies, improved effectiveness, and implementation that ensures a sustainable supply of clean groundwater; Increase public awareness and citizen engagement to address local non-point pollution and groundwater issues; Build a sustainable organization and brand
Community or Constituency Served As an environmental organization working for water, we work throughout the state of Minnesota protecting and preserving our freshwater resources that all people depend on.
Geographic Area Served FWS mainly serves the State of MN

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/10/2020

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2424 Territorial Rd Suite B
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651-313-5800

General Information

Alternative Name: FWS
EIN: 23-7007115
Principal Staff: John Linc Stine
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 10
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: N/A – as an environmental organization we do not serve clients
Ruling Year: 1968


Board Chair: Mike Hanson
Number of Board Members: 11
Board Meetings with Quorum: 8
Average Member Attendance: 9.4

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