Our Water: Campaign for Clean Water
Our Lives Depend on Water
From the water we drink to the food we eat, the quality of our lives is intrinsically connected to the health of our waters. We rely on our lakes, rivers and groundwater for our sustenance, recreation, health, economy and so much more. It’s a point of pride for us; we’re home to one of the world’s great rivers and the largest freshwater lake on Earth. And integral to the health of these waters is the health of our lands.
Our Waters are at Risk
This first line of defense against water pollution—our forests, wetlands and prairies—is at risk as local populations grow and put increased pressure on our lands. Currently, Minnesota ranks #2 in the nation for deforestation, and grasslands across Minnesota and the Dakotas are disappearing even more rapidly than tropical rainforests.
What Happens on Land Impacts Water
This loss of natural lands has direct consequences for our water. Increased sedimentation, nutrient runoff and flooding all contribute to water degradation in our lakes, rivers and groundwater. Wetlands, prairies and forests all play a critical role in keeping our water clean by providing a natural filtration system. In order to protect our water, we must protect the lands through which it flows.
Protect the Mississippi's Headwaters
With your support, we can secure clean drinking water for more than 2.5 million Minnesotans by protecting the iconic Mississippi River, its most important tributaries and their surrounding lands. Learn More
Protect Lake Superior by Protecting Forests
Lake Superior and its tributaries depend on healthy forests, and the forests need our help. Help us plant another 4 million trees in northern Minnesota so we can preserve these streams for the future. Learn More
Support Clean Water with a Gift
Help secure a future in which all of us have access to clean drinking water and places to safely fish, swim and play. We can protect Minnesota’s famously clean water if we act now!
The Case for Conservation
By following the science, we’re able to identify the most impactful areas in which to prioritize conservation work. By following the economic models, we’re able to demonstrate the monetary value of protecting our waters now while we still can.
Not only does this approach to protecting water save us money in the long-term, it also provides us with tangible economic and quality-of-life benefits in the near-term.
Case Study: The Economics of Acting Now in the Mississippi River Headwaters Area
Our scientists have pinpointed the 200,000 acres in the Mississippi’s 13-million-acre headwaters area that are most critical to securing the river’s clean waters.
With your support, we’ll work to protect and restore these critical areas which would yield the following benefits between 2020 and 2050.
It is possible to save our water, protect our way of life and secure clean water for current and future Minnesotans. But in order to achieve this goal, we must act now and we must work together.