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Watershed Protection - Education Programs and Links

Landscaping for Clean Water Classes and Grants, The LMRWMO partners with the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District to implement the Landscaping for Clean Water program. This program provides landowners with tools, information, technical assistance, and a $250 grant to install a raingarden, native garden, or native shoreline planting! For more information, visit Dakota County's Landscaping for Clean Water Program.

State of the River, The State of the River Report was developed by the National Park Service and the Friends of the Mississippi River. This document assembles and analyzes a wealth of data, and communicates how the river is doing in order to answer these frequently-posed questions. The State of the River Report describes 13 indicators that illustrate the condition of the river. For more information, visit State of the River.

River Life, River Life is a program of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota that creates new knowledge about the relationships between community, water, and place by connecting campus to community work and needs. For more information, visit River Life.

Blue Thumb, Planting for Clean Water program makes it easy for residents interested in doing their part to protect water quality to plan, purchase and plant native gardens, raingardens and shorelines with native plants. For more information, visit Blue Thumb, Planting for Clean Water.

Clean Water Action, Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For more information, visit Clean Water Action.

Non-point Education for Municipal Officials, or NEMO, is an educational program for land use decision makers that addresses the relationship between land use and natural resource protection. For the national NEMO website, go to For information on NEMO being implemented locally, contact the Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) at (651) 351-0630 or visit their website at

Low Impact Development (LID) integrates ecological and environmental considerations into all phases of urban planning, design, and development. For more information on the use of LID practices and incentives, contact the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District at (651) 480-7777 or visit their website at Or visit the national LID website at

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes many reports on water resource issues including citizen water monitoring and watersheds. Visit their website at

The WaterShed Partners is a coalition of over 40 public, private and non-profit organizations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area that, through collaborative outreach, educates citizens about how to care for local water resources. Visit their website at

SEEK or Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge works as a clearinghouse for all types of environmental education resources, from articles to lesson plans, from performances to displays, and many more. These resources come from a variety of organizations throughout Minnesota, including schools and colleges, government agencies, libraries and businesses. Visit their directory at