Want to Get Off the Sidelines and Make Real Change?

Rachel Hanks, 2016 Master Water Steward, and Sarah Goodspeed, program facilitator, explore
the plantings in Cross Lutheran Church’s rain garden across from Wakefield Lake in Maplewood.

You don’t have to be an expert. We’ll show you the way.

The Master Water Stewards program offers a great opportunity for you to work on environmental problems in your community and join a local network of energized leaders.


Rusty Schmidt, Landscape Ecologist and author of the Blue Thumb
Guide to Rain Gardens, provides consultation at the RainScaping
workshop held each year for Master Water Stewards.


Hallie Finucane and Linda Neilson showcase their Master Water
Steward capstone project and provide educational materials at a
local film showing sponsored by Wild Ones and RWMWD.
Master Water Stewards is a program that certifies and supports community leaders to install pollution prevention projects that educate community members, reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff, and allow more water to soak into the ground before running into storm sewer systems.


Anna Barker assists a Woodbury resident, Mitzi, with a rain garden
installation to prevent hillside erosion into Battle Creek.

The program is a partnership between the Freshwater Society and participating cities, watershed districts, watershed management organizations and non-profits. RWMWD is now seeking candidates for the upcoming year’s Master Water Stewards program in our watershed district. The program is slated to begin October 10.  Please contact Sage Passi at 612-598-9163 or email Sage for more information about becoming a Master Water Steward for Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. Applications are due by September 30. You can download an application here. 

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be a resident in a sponsoring Watershed District
  • Attend an information session. Date and location in August TBA.
  • Complete application process (application due by September 30).
  • Complete all class sessions in the Maser Water Steward Certification process
  • Be willing to serve as a community resource for environmental and watershed information
  • Complete a capstone project

Apply Today!


Phyllis Webster and her Master Water Stewards cohorts are introduced
to a fun teaching tool that illustrates the concept of watersheds
during one of the classes.