What does clean water mean to you? 

Clean water is vital to our lives. Without it we can’t physically survive.  It also provides us with recreation, enjoyment and nourishes our souls.  CRWP and our partners work hard for clean water.  We couldn’t do it without your help!

2018 “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution” Northfield Poster Contest Winners!

86 Students from five Northfield Elementary Schools participated in the 5th Annual Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution” Poster Contest. To see all the winning entries and to learn more about the contest, click here. 

2018 Cannon River Watershed Partnership Annual Meeting


The Cannon River Watershed Partnership Annual Meeting takes place on:

Thursday, May 10, 7:00-9:00 pm,

St.John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West, Northfield.

This year, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s Annual Meeting includes a vote on organizational changes designed to help CRWP better position itself to grow and “Make Clean Water Happen” in southern Minneosta.

All current CRWP paid members are welcome to vote at the meeting on bylaw changes and new board members. For more information, read the articles below

Please RSVP so we know to expect you. You can RSVP by emailing Kevin Strauss at “kevin@crwp.net” or by calling 507-786-3913.

And amid all the “big picture” thinking and voting, we’ll also have time to hang out with people who care as much about clean water as we do and who are taking action to clean and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water. We hope to see you there!

Make sure your membership is current so you can vote!

Membership Questions? Call Kevin at the CRWP
office 507-786-3913 or email him at kevin@crwp.net

Bylaws and Board Change Questions? Call Kristi at the CRWP
office 507-786-3913 or email her at kristi@crwp.net

CRWP Bylaw Changes

In 2017, the CRWP Board of Directors formed a Governance Committee to review and update the CRWP bylaws. Committee members concluded that in order to grow and thrive in the 21st Century, CRWP needed to make some changes to its bylaws. The biggest change that the committee recommended and that the CRWP Board approved was a change in the structure of the CRWP Board of Directors. Directors felt that a 25-person board was simply too large and unwieldly for an organization of our size. So rather than having a board with 13 citizen members and 12 appointed elected officials, the new CRWP Board will consist of 11-17 CRWP members who will serve up to two 3-year terms. Other changes to the bylaws were mostly gramattical and for formatting reasons.

CRWP will provide print copies of these amended bylaws at its office at 400 Washington Street, Northfield, MN and at the Annual Meeting. If you would like a print copy of these amended bylaws, call the CRWP office at 507-786-3913 to request a copy and we will mail it to you.

Click below to download a copy of the bylaws with additions underlined and omissions with a strikethrough.

BylawsRevision_Formatted_March2018_with_edits 4.0.docx

2018 CRWP Board Member Candidates

All board members are running in uncontested races, meaning that members could vote all of them onto the CRWP Board of Directors.

Brad Anderson (Re-Election), Cannon Falls, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I have been involved with CRWP for 3 years as the Representative for Goodhue County. I would like to continue supporting Clean Water Activities in the Cannon River Watershed.

Dan Hofrenning (Re-Election), Northfield, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? There are many challenges to maintaining and improving water quality.  CRWP is committed to overcoming those challenges and developing specific projects and activities that can improve the water quality of our region.   It has been my privilege to be a part of this effort as a Board Member.

Bradley D. Rademacher (Re-Election), Faribault, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? With a similiar lifetime vision in protecting and enhancing the natural environment, specifically the local community, I would like to continue to dedicate my service to the area’s waterways and share a beneficial asset through my educational, professional, and volunteer experiences. As the Water Quality Specialist for the City of Owatonna and a current lakeshore resident of Cannon Lake I have a special interest in continuing serviceon the Board of Directors at Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Paul Carlson-Donohoe (Election), Northfield, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I want to support the mission of CRWP. To work locally to protect our environment. To honor and continue the vision of a friend and neighbor, Molly Woehrlin, who continues to be an inspiration. To engage in community-building, and to support conservation efforts.

Paula Corsi (Election), Morristown, MN (Cedar Lake)

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I would like to be able to have an impact on the water quality in the Cannon River Watershed, use the knowledge that was gained while going through the Master Water Steward program, and continue to work with the community to educate on the issues that are faced and things that can be done to have an impact to improve water quality.

Andrew (Drew) Nusbaum (Election), Faribault, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I do not want to hand my children a garbage dump of a planet when I expire. Individuals can make change but the change is small and localized. Government has shown itself reactionary at best and an impediment at worst when it comes to preserving and restoring natural resources. Citizen-led non-profits with comprehensive visions are the current best course of action if real, meaningful change is desired.

Aaron Wills (Election) Northfield, MN

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? CRWP is an organization that I care deeply about. This seems like a time of change for CRWP with a new executive director, possible bylaws changes, and the One Watershed One Plan framework coming into existence. I would like to put the knowledge and experience that I gained during my time on staff at CRWP to use helping guide the organization through this time of change and into the future.

The Following CRWP Citizen Board Members will Continue on the Board, as their terms don’t end until 2019 or 2020:

Amber Brossard, Kenyon, MN
Curt Coudron, Northfield, MN
Lee Dilley, Northfield, MN
Richard Elsen, Faribault, MN 
Melissa King, Northfield, MN
Richard Lorang, Northfield, MN
Tom Meagher, Northfield, MN
Roger Stoick, Bloomington, MN
Jill Trescott, Randolph, MN
Monica Wallace, Northfield, MN


Got a Few Hours To Invest in Cleaner Rivers? 

Five Ways You Can Work For Cleaner Water in Southeast Minnesota


St. Olaf Students: Emily Brown, Kathleen Quigley, Rachel Roberts, Kelly Bartig and Dillon Kelly.
  1. Donate to Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Click the “Donate Now” Button at the top of this page. Your donations help CRWP bring community members together for our annual Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP each September, help communities fix wastewater problems, educate the public about how to keep our rivers and lakes clean, and encourage farmers to use more conservation practices on their land like cover crops and no-till farming techniques.
  2. Volunteer at one of CRWP’s Rain Garden Planting Parties, the Watershed-Wide CleanUP or at the Downstream Environmental Film Festival. Click the “Volunteer” tab above or call or email CRWP Community Engagement Coordinator Kevin Strauss (507) 786-3913, or “kevin@crwp.net”.
  3. Become a Member or Increase Your Membership. While we appreciate all donations, memberships are the single most important regular source of funding for CRWP. Membeships give CRWP the funds we need to keep the lights on and the leverage we need to get the grants and sponsorships we need to Make Clean Water Happen in Southeastern Minnesota.
  4. Tell Your Friends, Neighbors, and Elected Officials about CRWP. We all want cleaner water in Southeastern Minnesota. But not everyone knows how to get cleaner water in our region. The more people that know about the important clean water work that CRWP is doing, the more people who will volunteer and support our clean water work.
  5. Visit the Cannon River, the Straight River, and the lakes in Southeastern Minnesota. O.K., now your’re thinking, “how does visiting a river make it cleaner?” The answer is simple. The more people who visit the rivers and lakes in our region and enjoy our waterways, the more motivated people will be to take action for cleaner water.


Community Clean Water Town Hall Ideas!

Results from the “25 by 25” Clean Water Town Hall Meeting in Northfield, MN, on Monday, Oct. 2nd

In addition to Governor Mark Dayton’s ten “25 by 25 Clean Water Town Hall Meetings,” many local groups held their own local clean water discussions this summer and fall. At the Northfield 25 by 25 Clean Water Town Hall Meeting, citizens from Northfield, Cannon Falls, and Faribault discussed how we could work together to improve water quality by 25 percent by the year 2025.

Participants included both urban and rural residents, educators, farmers, lake residents, elected officials, and other professionals. Cannon River Watershed Partnership staff uploaded community clean water ideas to the State of Minnesota website. State officials will compile ideas and identify the most popular ideas for each region in the state, and state officials will work to implement some of those ideas. At the same time, CRWP will identify 1-3 local ideas and work to implement them in the Cannon River Watershed in the next 12 months.

Northfield Clean Water Town Hall Ideas

Working in small groups, participants in the local “25 by 25 Clean Water Town Hall Meeting” generated dozens of ideas to help clean up our waterways and drinking water. Here are some examples:


1) Create Local Accountability for Clean Water (i.e. County responsibility for pollution of local waterways, similar to MS4 permits for larger cities).

2) Reward “green” or “Clean Water” voluntary actions with more rebates, tax breaks and other financial incentives.

3) Increased Education about the sources and wide range of potential voluntary and regulatory solutions for water pollution in southern Minnesota. Educate legislators, business leaders, and other citizens.

4) Increased Wellhead Protection to protect both urban and rural wells from increasing nitrogen fertilizer pollution, including increasing both the quantity of water that soaks into the ground and improving how clean water is when it soaks into the ground.

5) Create a Cost for Pollution so that businesses that create pollution have to pay a cost for that pollution. Over time, businesses that reduce their pollution will succeed and give us cleaner water.


For more information about this or future meetings or events, contact Kevin Strauss, Cannon River Watershed Partnership Community Engagement Coordinator, 507-786-3913 or at “kevin@crwp.net”



What people are saying about CRWP…

CRWP deserves the support of all who care about a vibrant natural community, and of all who drink water!” – Jan Mitchell

“I enjoy contributing to worthwhile organizations and have been interested for many years in improving the environment which includes clean water. I have met some of the employees and they are very dedicated …. Please consider making a donation to CRWP.” – Richard J. Carlander

“The CRWP removes the barriers between one’s self and others and makes it possible to get at needed actions, such as improving water quality and protecting habitat for the many small and secret creatures that make a living in the river.” – Scott King

“I give because there is no organization more worthy of my support …. You couldn’t give to an organization that does more to retain quality of life right here than the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.” – Brynhild Rowberg

“As a farm family, we value stewardship of the land and we value CRWP programs that monitor how well landowners are protecting rivers, lakes, wetlands and ground water  ….  As volunteers, we give our time because, hey, working on a stream beats sitting at a meeting any day!” – Cathy Larson and Steve Albers


Help us work toward clean water!

Cannon River Watershed Partnership focuses our work in three program areas: Working with Farmers and Landowners, Helping Communities with Wastewater, and Community-Building in Cities and Towns.  The work we do for clean water is carried out by staff, volunteers, and our many partners across the watershed. See the Volunteer tab to learn how to do your part to clean up the watershed, or Donate Now, to become a member!