Master Water Stewards

Are you concerned about water pollution? Is there a drainage problem in your neighborhood that you want to fix? Want to get off the sidelines and make real change?

You don’t have to be an expert — we’ll show you the way! The Master Water Stewards program is a great opportunity to learn how to solve environmental problems in your community and find a local network of energized leaders.

What Master Water Stewards Do

  • Assess Watersheds — Identify pollution sources and create strategies for reducing pollutants.
  • Educate Communities — Help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.
  • Reduce Pollutants — Work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer or pesticides.
  • Coordinate Action — Help communities reduce polluted runoff by coordinating the installation of raingardens, rainbarrels and other rainscaping techniques.

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Ready to get started? Applications are available at

Applying to the Master Water Stewards program is a competitive process, and admission is not guaranteed. Also, please note that each applicant must attend at least one information session prior to joining the program. To be notified of upcoming information sessions and other Master Water Stewards-related events and opportunities, sign up for our email list.

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Eligibility Requirements*

  1. Be a resident of the MWMO watershed.
  2. Be proficient in basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office and web browsing, and be willing to learn new programs.
  3. Be generally comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation.
  4. Be willing to serve as a community resource for environmental and watershed information.
  5. Complete all class sessions in the Master Water Steward certification process (attendance at all sessions is mandatory).
  6. Be willing to complete a capstone project.

*Note: These requirements are specific to those who wish to be sponsored by the MWMO. Sponsorships may also be available to residents of other watersheds. Check the Master Water Stewards website for details.

Training Schedule (Class of 2016–2017)

  • Introduction — Oct. 11, 2016
  • Capstone: What is it? — Online
  • Watershed Tour (Saturday) — Oct. 15
  • Hydrology Basics — Nov. 1
  • Stormwater 101 — Nov. 15
  • Water Policy — Nov. 29
  • Environmental Behavior and Decision-Making — Jan. 10, 2017
  • Community Engagement — Jan. 24
  • Rainscaping (Saturday 9am -5pm) — Feb. 11
  • Residential Stormwater Planning — Feb. 28
  • BMP Evaluation and Maintenance — March 21
  • Capstone Charrette — April 4
  • Next Steps — April 25
  • February through April — Minimum of three meetings with staff for capstone project mentoring

Check the Master Water Stewards website for updates.


Abby Moore
Training and Community Learning Specialist or 612-746-4981