Cannon River Watershed Partnership

We partner with people and organizations to value, protect, and improve the Cannon River Watershed’s land and water.

Wonders of Water Photo Contest

CRWP is holding a “Wonders of Water” Photo Contest  to help our members and friends see how people in the region are social distancing (to stay safe) while also having adventures. 

There are categories for Adults (21+) as well as for Youth (5-12) and Teens (13-20). 

CRWP will use submitted photos and stories on FaceBook, in publications, and on our website to show people how we’re having water adventures these days. 

Prizes include cool t-shirts, stylish bandanas (that can double as a cloth facemask), cider form Keepsake Cidery and beer from Imminent Brewing (alcoholic beverages available to winners 21+). 

Categories Include:

  • Landscape / waterscape
  • People
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Conservation Practices

Photo submissions are due August 31st, 2020. Email a jpg of the photo and the completed registration form to with the words “Photo Contest” in the subject line.


Download a Registration Form Photo Contest Form_

Continuing Our Commitment To Our Values

CRWP envisions a community that creates and protects a watershed with healthy soils; drinkable groundwater; and clean, fishable, and swimmable rivers, lakes, and streams. Our core values are resilienceequity, and engagement.

Two weeks ago, we all saw a Minneapolis police officer pin George Floyd to the ground and ignore him when he said “I can’t breathe.” Three other officers looked on and did nothing. Floyd later died in police custody. This murder in the hands of authorities should never have happened, but it’s been happening for far too long over county’s history. 

After two weeks of watching, listening, and reflecting, we cannot be silent about this gross miscarriage of justice that took place (again) here in Minnesota.

Our thoughts are with George Floyd’s family and all those hurting in Minneapolis and across the country (focus is national change, not world-wide change, I think). His needless death made clear, if it wasn’t already, that the Minnesota many of us enjoy: places to birdwatch and jog without fear, access to clean tap water, easy access to groceries at neighborhood stores, is not available to everyone in our state.

We acknowledge that as a Minnesota nonprofit, our actions and inactions are responsible for the government and social systems in our state and across our country that oppress Black and Brown community members. CRWP is calling on its members, supporters, and friends to take action to address systemic racism in all its forms. As a primarily white-led organization, we are listening to our friends, neighbors and community members who identify as People of Color and Indigenous people.

As an organization, CRWP commits to doing our best to undo systems of violence and injustice, rewind the global impacts of climate change, and create new systems of resiliency, equity, and engagement as stated in CRWP’s Values Statement. 

We continue to find actions we can take together to dismantle and undo the harms caused by systemic racism in Minnesota and inside each one of us. We welcome and encourage self-reflection, conversation and then, most importantly, action. We hope you will join us in supporting the change that is long-overdue.


CRWP Board of Directors &

Kristi Pursell, Executive Director

Cannon River Watershed Partnership Response to the Covid-19 Statewide Emergency

Until Governor Walz lifts the current statewide state of emergency, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s office is now open by appointment only.

CRWP staff are continuing to work either at the office or remotely. We are continuing to answer the phone and reply to email messages.

If you would like to talk with CRWP staff, call us at 507-786-3913. 

If you would like to email the CRWP staff, you can reach us at:

Kristi Pursell, Executive Director
Alan Kraus, Conservation Program Manager
Kevin Strauss, Community Engagement Coordinator

If you’re not sure who to email, then send an email to and we’ll all see it.
You can also learn more about CRWP at

In the meantime, stay safe and thank you for doing your part to keep your fellow Minnesotans safe and healthy.
We’ll get through this by working together. Luckily, we’re really good at that.

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CRWP's Vision and Values

CRWP envisions a community that creates and protects a watershed with healthy soils; drinkable groundwater; and clean, fishable, and swimmable rivers, lakes, and streams. Our core values are resilience, equity, and engagement.