2016 Urban Waters Forum
Taking Action to Protect Our Lakes and Streams

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium


$15 Arboretum Members and partner organization affiliates/$20 non-member

WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO YOUR LOCAL LAKE OR STREAM? You can play an important role in keeping that lake or stream clean! At the 2016 Urban Waters Forum, learn from local experts as they share their knowledge and success stories, as well as concrete actions you can take on the water, on your property, and in your community to protect the health of your neighborhood lake or stream. You will leave inspired to take a more active role in the health of your community's water assets.


We will have presentations and discussion on citizen-based science and the active role you can take in protecting our water resources. Topics include:

Why We Need to Act - Individual actions are a part of the puzzle to managing the health of our resources. You can be part of the solution!

Jo Colleran - City of Minnetonka
Jen Kader - Freshwater Society

Actions on the Water (Monitoring and Engagement) Learn about a variety of programs citizens can be involved in, including an example of how citizens collected data that led to action on Medicine Lake.

Mary Karius - Environment and Energy Department, Hennepin County
Ginny Black - Plymouth City Council Member (retired)
Terrie Christian - Association of Medicine Lake Area Citizens (past president)

Actions on the Land - Learn what you can do on your own property to reduce runoff and pollution from leaving your property and heading downstream.

Fred Rozumalski, RLA - Barr Engineering Company

Building your BaseGo beyond your property and become active in getting your neighborhood and community involved!

Peggy Knapp - Freshwater Society

Plus, time to connect with presenters, attendees and local water protection organizations at a variety of information and resource tables.


Links to Agencies and Resources
Lawn Care Tips
Pet Waste


  • Residents on or near lakes, streams, ponds or wetlands
  • Lake and neighborhood association members
  • Local decision-makers
  • Educators
  • Concerned Citizens 
  • Others interested in protection our lakes, streams, and wetlands


Photo courtesy Dr. Dennis Yockers

Developed in partnership with Carver County Water Management Organization, City of Eden Prairie, City of Minnetonka, Freshwater Society, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District, and University of Minnesota Extension-Stormwater U.

Print an Urban Waters Forum flyer


Call 612-301-1210 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Carver County Water Management Organization
City of Eden Prairie
City of Minnetonka
Freshwater Society
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
University of Minnesota Extension, Stormwater U