Water touches our lives in so many ways from a cool drink on a hot summer day to that favorite ice fishing hole in the dead of winter. Without water, life as we know it would cease to exist. Yet, while water is everywhere, there’s a lot we don’t know about it.
Here are a few interesting things to know about water:
• 97 percent of the water found on earth is salty and 2.5 percent is locked up in ice
• Americans use 5.7 billion gallons of water a day to flush our toilets
• More than 1 billion people on earth lack access to clean water
Water is a fixed asset. All that we have today is all we’ll ever have. If we use it wisely, we can ensure it will meet our needs and the needs of nature today and in the future.
The Nature Conservancy is working with partners across Minnesota to ensure that people and nature have enough clean water to live and thrive. We are protecting forests, wetlands and shoreline along lakes, rivers and streams to help keep our water clean. And we are testing new ways to conserve critical lands and waters so we can meet our needs while also protecting water quality and quantity. Explore our water work in Minnesota!
The Conservancy and its partners are working in the Mississippi Headwaters to protect the drinking water source for millions of people.
The Nature Conservancy has created the Minnesota Headwaters Fund to ensure clean water is available for people, business and nature.
The chapter’s first freshwater conservation program director Rich Biske talks about why protecting fresh water is important for people and nature.
Gone for decades, lake sturgeon are once again spawning in the St. Louis River.
The Conservancy and its partners are working to protect one of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers for fish, mussels, and outdoor enthusiasts.
One of Minnesota’s best kept secrets and a top conservation priority for the Conservancy, the Root and other rivers in southeast Minnesota are prized by anglers, canoers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Freshwater ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, Kristen Blann talks about her fishing, swimming and kayaking and why what we do on land impacts our waters.
Conservancy State Director Peggy Ladner highlights the many ways our lakes, rivers and streams contribute to the good life that Minnesotans enjoy.
Clough Island is the centerpiece of the St. Louis River Estuary near Lake Superior and is essential to its protection.