Two non-profits devoted to protection of our state’s lakes, rivers and natural resources, Minnesota Waters and Conservation Minnesota, have reached agreement to continue their work as one organization.
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Waters board of directors announced their decision to cease operations on May 19th and to complete the steps required to place the organization’s corporate status and brand in a dormant, inactive state. The difficult decision came after months of effort to address the organization’s longstanding financial challenges or find a new home for its staff and programs. After the announcement, a new opportunity for their members and statewide network emerged.
“Our lakes and rivers define life in Minnesota. Minnesota Waters’ members and the state’s lakes associations have been working on the front lines to protect and restore our most cherished places,” said Paul Austin, Director of Conservation Minnesota. “We want to support their effort and make sure their priorities are heard in St. Paul.”
On Friday the two organizations celebrate the perpetuation of a valuable network that has made a measurable difference for Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. “Lake associations, coalitions of lake associations, and concerned Minnesotans have been connected and strengthened through their years with MN Waters. Joining forces with an organization that created the www.CheckMyLake.org educational tool and played a lead role in passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment makes perfect sense.” Kenzie Phelps, Chair, MN Waters Board of Directors.
“Our goal is to find practical solutions to the problems Minnesotans tell us are most important, and concerns about water quality are always at the top of the list.” Austin said. As a part of Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Water’s members and lakes associations across the state will participate in setting Conservation Minnesota’s annual priorities, receive updates and support from Conservation Minnesota’s bipartisan capitol team, and website hosting services for lakes associations will continue. “Both Minnesota Waters’ name and network will play a central role in our future programs. Over the coming weeks and months, we will ask members and lake associations to help us decide how we can best work together to protect The Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
“Our two organizations have something very important in common, we are both focused on engaging people in protecting what we love most about Minnesota.” notes Lois Sinn Lindquist, MN Waters Executive Director. “Today and tomorrow, our mission continues.”