Welcome to Master Water Stewards

What is a Master Water Steward?

Master Water Stewards is a program that certifies and supports community leaders to prevent water pollution and educate community members to conserve and protect our waterways. The program is a partnership between Freshwater and participating cities, counties, watershed management organizations and non-profits (see a list of participating organizations here).

Wherever you live, you can make a real difference in the health of our waters. Check out our most recent Program Report to see what's new with the Stewards!


Ready to find out more?

Learn more about the Master Water Stewards program and how you can be involved!

Everything on our streets flows unfiltered to our water- bacteria, salt, litter, sediment, fertilizer. Large amounts of polluted runoff reach our lakes and streams each year, causing flooding and algal blooms downstream. Pollutants are making our water dirtier because they are not being filtered or broken down by passing through soil. Our neighborhoods and communities are directly connected to our rivers, lakes, and streams.


As community members, Master Water Stewards act as leaders to ensure that polluted runoff does not reach our waters. By installing projects and designing outreach in their neighborhoods, Stewards are affecting real change in the health of our rivers, lakes, streams and all water in the state of Minnesota.

Curious about our program accomplishments?

Learn more about the change Master Water Stewards have already made in their communities.

See the current certification training schedule here.