Master Water Stewards

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Master Water Stewards (MWS) program will install pollution prevention projects on both residential and commercial properties and educate citizens in their neighborhoods to reduce urban runoff and nutrient loads. Community leaders who have been identified, educated and certified as Stewards, will lead projects.
In the MWS program, community volunteers will participate in a series of 12-15 courses created by water resource experts and complete an installed project, resulting in certification as a MWS. The program creates a pool of local volunteers that natural resource agencies, watershed districts and municipalities can deploy to meet water quality, education and outreach goals. A MWS website will be created to support Stewards and connect them to technical expertise, continuing education opportunities and other community members. Initially, this program will be a pilot that will be replicated with other partners in the metro area and then expanded into Greater Minnesota.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07A 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in 36 stormwater pollution and runoff prevention projects being installed resulting in a reduction of more than 7 lbs. of phosphorus.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in an estimated reduction of 4 acre-feet of stormwater entering the water body of concern

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Jim Calkins, Brian Shekleton, Richard Miller, Sherry Davis White, Jeff Casale, Pamela Blixt, Bill Olson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Street Address
18202 Minnetonka Blvd.
Zip Code
(952) 471-0590
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767