The quality of life we enjoy in Minnesota is not possible without clean, abundant fresh water, and we all have a role to play in caring for the water on which we depend.
Because we have a wealth of water in Minnesota, it is tempting to think it will always be there. But with increasing population and a changing climate, the demand for fresh water to meet the needs of people and nature is already overtaking supply in some places.
Keeping healthy waters healthy now is less costly and more efficient than repairing damaged waters later. The Nature Conservancy is taking action to conserve Minnesota's headwaters - our lakes, rivers and groundwater.
With your support, we will protect our clean, abundant water today and for future generations.
Dive in and explore how our work in protecting
Minnesota's headwaters benefits people and nature.
Minnesota's Headwaters at Risk
The Mississippi is America's greatest river. But in Minnesota, sweeping changes are putting the quality of its water at risk, according to the Star Tribune. Read More >
Minnesota is water rich. It has more lakes than almost every other state and three of North America's great bodies of water are fed by water that starts its journey in Minnesota. Read More >
Protecting Minnesota's Headwaters
We're helping to protect the Mississippi River, which provides irreplaceable habitat for fish and wildlife and drinking water for more than 1 million Minnesotans. Read More >
Clean Water Starts Here
The Mississippi River is the primary source of drinking water for the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and other communities. Conserving forests and other natural areas protects water quality. See our infographic >