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!

Got a Few Hours To Invest in Cleaner Rivers? 


Prairie Planting Party in Northfield

Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Meadows Park (near the corner of Erie Drive and Abbey Street in Northfield)

From the intersection of Jefferson Parkway and County 3, drive east on Jefferson Parkway through town. Turn right on Erie Drive (in southeastern Northfield), travel south on Erie Drive to the intersection of Erie Drive and Abbey Street. Continue south (straight ahead) until Erie Drive ends. Look around for a blue CRWP tent, a crowd of people,  and a table of food. Park nearby.

On Saturday, September 23, from 9:00 am-12 noon, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership is working with community members and Master Water Stewards Barb Matz and Mairi Doerr to plant a Prairie Rain Garden at Meadows Park. This demonstration rain garden will capture storm water runoff, let it soak into the ground, and clean up pollutants before the water reaches area streams. In addition, this demonstration site will teach residents about how they help clean up stormwater before it leaves their property with their own rain garden. 


“25 by 25” Clean Water Townhall Meeting in Northfield

Monday, Oct. 2, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street, Northfield

Are you concerned about human-caused fertilizer and sediment pollution in our rivers, lakes, and drinking water supplies?

Despite decades of hard work from local and state government staff and many conservation-minded landowners, our rivers, lakes, and drinking water supplies are still getting dirtier and dirtier. Nitrate fertilizer and salt pollution continues to rise in the Cannon River in Southeastern Minnesota.

But despite these challenges, there is a lot we can do for cleaner water in the Cannon River Watershed. The first thing you can do it to attend a local “25 by 25” Clean Water Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, 6:00-8: pm at the Northfield Public Library (210 Washington St. Northfield, MN).

At the meeting, you can share your clean water concerns and talk with other community members about how we can work together to envision, evaluate, and enact projects and policies to clean up our rivers, lakes, and drinking water. All ideas from this local meeting will be uploaded to Governor Mark Dayton’s “25 by 25” website as a way to gather ideas that will help the State of Minnesota achieve 25% Cleaner Water by the year 2025. (Currently we are on track to only improve water quality by 6% by 2034, if we’re lucky).

For more information, contact Kevin Strauss, Cannon River Watershed Partnership Community Engagement Coordinator, 507-7863913 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!