Become a Partner

Clean Water MN educates and inspires Minnesotans to protect local lakes, rivers, and wetlands. We share stories and information to encourage metro area residents to adopt water-friendly practices in their yards, homes, and neighborhoods. The Adopt-a-Drain program invites metro area residents to commit to keeping a storm drain clear of leaves, trash, and other debris year-round. Working together, we can improve local waterways.

Clean Water MN is a project of the Metro Watershed Partners, a coalition of more than 70 public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities metro area who collectively promote a public understanding that inspires people to protect local waterways. Founded in 1996, the Metro Watershed Partners is a project of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Benefits of Membership

As a supporting member of the program you can:

  • Improve water quality in your city by engaging residents to remove pollutants.
  • Minimize the potential of localized flooding by having volunteers remove debris, ice, and snow from around the storm drain grate.
  • Assist your city in meeting MS4 permit requirements for public participation, outreach, and education.
  • Include data from Clean Water MN and the Adopt-a-Drain program in MCM #1 – Public Education and Outreach – on your SWPPP.
  • Access blog and social media posts to easily communicate with your residents, and benefit from using messaging that is consistent throughout the metro area.
  • Use modifiable print and electronic resources to promote Adopt-a-Drain and other clean water programs to residents.
  • Obtain a list of residents in your area who have signed up for the Adopt-a-Drain program and are thus interested in and concerned about water issues.
  • Attend monthly meetings and utilize our listserv to network with local water professionals.

Becoming a Member

Members of the Watershed Partners—cities, counties, watershed districts, and non-profits in Minnesota—pay an annual membership fee. Cities pay seven cents per person (based on total population) per year, and watershed districts pay a recommended fee based on their annual operating budget. See the table below.

Supporting members of Watershed Partners can download modifiable print and electronic resources to promote Adopt-a-Drain and other water-friendly programs here: cleanwatermn.org/resources-for-partners

Additionally, members can purchase signs and mailed informational packets as described below:

  • A coroplast yard sign and informational packet mailed to participants for $11 each.
  • A customized metal sign and informational packet distributed to participants. Fee available on request from Hamline staff or by emailing us at adoptadrain@hamline.edu

View and download more information about Adopt-a-Drain membership.

To become a partner, contact Jenni Abere: jabere01@hamline.edu

 

Annual Membership for Watershed Agencies

Annual BudgetLowHighCurrent Supporters
$5,000,000+$6,000$20,0006
$1,000,000-$4,999,999$3,000$5,9993
$50,000-$999,999$350$2,99910

 

Annual Membership for Counties

PopulationLowHighCurrent supporters
1,000,000+$11,000$15,0001
400,000-999,999$6,000$10,9990
200,000-399,999$2,500$5,9990
95,000-199,999$1,500$2,4993

 

Annual Membership for Cities

PopulationLowHighCurrent Supporters
400,000+$28,000$35,0001
250,000-399,999$17,500$27,9991
100,000-249,999$7,000$16,4991
90,000-99,999$6,300$6,9990
80,000-89,999$5,600$6,2990
70,000-79,999$4,900$5,5991
60,000-69,999$4,200$4,8990
50,000-59,999$3,500$4,1993
40,000-49,999$2,800$3,4991
30,000-39,999$2,100$2,7990
20,000-29,999$1,400$2,0998
10,000-19,999$700$1,3994
1-9,999$350$6993

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