Conservation Minnesota

Minnesota Waters 3.0

The following is an email sent to members of Minnesota Waters….

Dear Minnesota Waters Member –

The weeks since announcing that Minnesota Waters and Conservation Minnesota would join forces to protect the lakes, rivers and streams that we all cherish have been quite busy. We have been working as quickly as we can to make a smooth transition, sharing information, and planning how to make sure we deliver the best service to you as members going forward. So many of you have invested time and effort into this organization. I know that our staff and board teams share your commitment, and we will work hard to earn your trust and support.

We have begun to reach out to Lake Association leaders and have held several productive meetings. Many of you have contacted me with questions and ideas. There has been tremendous interest in addressing the crisis of AIS, protecting our water from pollution, and making sure the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funding is wisely spent with maximum impact. I have also heard from people who want to see the Lakes and Rivers Conference, and many other Minnesota Waters programs continue. These conversations have been very helpful, and it is essential to continue them so that you are a part of key decisions.

Today, I am more convinced than ever that we can be stronger going forward together. I am excited to share information with you about Conservation Minnesota and how the Minnesota Waters program fits so well here. And I still have much to learn from all of you.

Since there is too much information to share in one message, I will be sending a series of emails over the coming weeks and would appreciate your feedback and guidance. You can find more information at our website too. I look forward to working together to make Minnesota Waters 3.0 the best version yet.


Paul Austin
Executive Director

About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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Hi Paul,

Thanks for all you have done with Minnesota Waters 3.0. I saw that MN waters individual memberships are due on Jan 1st now. However what about Lake Associations and the website host fees. Our Lake association only meets 2-3 times a year, therefore the last meeting is coming up on Labor Day weekend. As treasurer I need to report expenses, can you give my group some insight on what our fees will be before then?

Ann Bardwell-Ross