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Weather water woes

By John Linc Stine
Patterns of weather impact our lives and our communities. How often do you check the weather forecasts as you plan your daily and weekly events? If you’re like me, it’s several times a week and if I have outdoor plans it’s much more often. Weather impacts our decisions in so many ways.
The Twin Cities are on pace to set a new record for rainfall in 2019. 

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Remember our policy focus at the last legislative session? We worked hard to pass a  groundwater recharge study (HF 1141/SF 1643 (Rep. Sandell/Sen. Weber) and we succeeded! The study will focus on parts of the state that may need to recharge aquifers to meet their water needs . Evaluating the economics, policy, engineering, and hydrogeologic considerations now will allow us to consider enhanced aquifer recharge when, where and if it is needed.

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Orange area represents Buffalo Aquifer (Fargo-Moorhead), green is Straight River Groundwater Management Area, red is Southern Washington County, and blue is Rochester Area. Graphic by Brain Bohman
Free public lecture: Large Lakes and Microscopic Monsters

Heavy rainfall is not the only thing that kept us from the city beaches this summer. A spike in the presence of E. coli caused  a record-breaking season of closed water recreation sites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. In a state that boasts 10,000 lakes, how do we protect the beauty and health of our freshwater?

Dr. Joan Rose, winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize, will talk about how her team of “water detectives” analyzes and diagnoses contaminants in water to determine if they come from animals or people, and how these sources of pollution affect the Great Lakes. This lecture will help us understand what's contaminating our own lakes. Join us Thursday, November 14 at the St. Paul Student Center. Reception begins at 5:30pm, lecture at 7pm.

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A Confluence of Stewards

Our Water Steward Annual Meeting for 2019 is taking place on October 8 at the History and Heritage Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Stewards, instructors, partner organizations, and family will come together to see displays showcasing the 2019 graduating class projects, hear from keynote speakers, and celebrate the volunteer work of all certified stewards. The work of these volunteers is inspiring to attendees and gives the stewards a venue to collaborate and learn from each other’s many talents and expertise. Join us in celebrating this important water work!

Let us know you're coming.

Become a Certified Water Steward!

By joining the growing ranks of these passionate and dedicated volunteers, you can make a difference in keeping water clean and healthy. The fall session of our Water Stewards training runs from October through April, is taught by top industry professionals using a blended learning approach, with both online and in-person classes, and will connect you with a network of like-minded peers. Deadline is tomorrow!
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Weatherguides at the Great Minnesota Get-Together 

John Linc Stine and Julie Fliflet handed out Weatherguide calendars to trivia winners during a segment on KARE11 during the fair.

It was fun to see so many Weatherguide Calendar fans at the State Fair. John Linc Stine and Julie Fliflet made an appearance on a broadcast from the KARE11 Barn, complete with trivia for the audience and a Weatherguide Calendar giveaway. We love talking to all our fellow Weatherguide lovers who have made it an annual tradition to get their new calendar at the state fair (because we all know you can’t beat the special fair deal!). And speaking of weather, we could not have asked for better days at the fair this year!

Here’s a fun weather trivia question straight from the Weatherguide:
How many minutes of daylight did we lose
between the first and last days of the fair?

(see answer below)

If you did not pick up a Weatherguide at the fair, get yours here.
Or, get yours for free by becoming a member or renewing today!


Trivia answer: 32 minutes!!!

Freshwater welcomes Fellow from Bhutan

Meet Jambay, faculty of Watershed Hydrology, Statistics, and Forestry at College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan and visiting researcher at Freshwater. Jambay joins Freshwater for four months as a Fellow in The Community Solutions Program (CSP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX, a global development and education organization. CSP is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide, with more than 6,000 applicants for just 80 positions this year.
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And a fond farewell to our GreenCorps star...

Brennan “B” Lauer joined the Freshwater team in October, 2018 as our GreenCorps volunteer. She jumped right in and quickly became an integral part of our education and engagement team. She brought depth, energy, and amazing infographics into our work with chlorides, Water Stewards, Water Conservation Advisors, and the 2019 Water Summit. After her service with GreenCorps came to an end, B transferred her focus and energy to work with the Riley Purgatory Creek Watershed District. We are grateful for all that B brought to Freshwater and wish her overflowing success in her new endeavors.

Not dead yet

By Steve Woods
To quote a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "I'm not dead yet."

Yes, I stepped back from my leadership role at Freshwater in March but I continue to support Freshwater with my brain, mouth, feet, and wallet. I gotta tell you, it's easier to donate funds than to run the half-marathon benefit for Freshwater I endured in May...

Shortly after my departure, my wife Susan and I established a Donor Advised Fund for our philanthropic giving to Freshwater. Changes to tax law made this an attractive option for us and buttresses our decision to include Freshwater in our will. Whether you work in water or another field of endeavor, the future of our lakes, rivers, and drinking water depend on investments from people like me and you. Please consider joining me in making an investment in the water we value.

To learn more about investing in Freshwater, contact Mary Salisbury by email or at 651-313-5817.

Other ways to give

Give to the Max is just around the corner.
Set up a giving page!

This fall, consider setting up a fundraising page to support clean lakes, healthy rivers, and safe drinking water for Give to the Max Day. Click here and select “fundraise” to make your page today. Or contact Mary to learn more. All fundraisers will receive a free Weatherguide calendar and will be entered into a prize drawing. 
Employer match: the secret to doubling your donation
Does your workplace offer a match for donations made by employees? Countless do and fall is a great time to inquire. Contact your supervisor or HR Department today to learn if your charitable gift to Freshwater could be matched. That’s twice the impact for our waters and the people of Minnesota.

Our very own Director of Finance Julie Fliflet represented Freshwater on the Minnesota Environmental Fund softball team at the Pohland Companies Charity Softball Tournament. Freshwater is a proud member of the Minnesota Environment Fund, a workplace giving fund that supports 20 nonprofit environmental organizations. Check with your employer about supporting Freshwater through the Minnesota Environmental Fund or other workplace giving options.
Upcoming events

19th Annual Road Salt Symposium gets an upgrade
October 24, 2019
Jimmy’s Event Center, Vadnais Heights

The Road Salt Symposium is getting an upgrade!
New time of year, same great low-sodium flavor.

We asked for feedback, listened, and made the change attendees wanted. After multiple participant surveys, October emerged as the best time of year for this event, giving us a chance to highlight new innovations and best practices for winter maintenance before the snow flies (hopefully!). 
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Large Lakes and Microscopic Monsters:
Tracking Microbes in the Great Lakes

featuring Dr. Joan Rose
November 14, 2019
5:30 pm public reception | 7 pm lecture
St. Paul Student Center Theater

Every drop of water matters to Dr. Joan Rose and her research team at Michigan State University. Joan, together with her water detectives, is developing new genetic analytics to study waterborne health threats. This lecture will cover her work connecting human and animal sources of water pollution to the landscape.
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Give to the Max Day
November 14, 2019
When it comes to generosity, you put Minnesota at the top of the list. Whether or not you're attending the free lecture featuring Dr. Joan Rose, you can show your support of Freshwater by making a donation on this important day of giving in Minnesota. 

Freshwater works for clean and reliable water in Minnesota. Your support makes a lasting difference for water in our communities. Join or donate today!
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