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Get involved in clean water in 2024

Posted: 11/8/23

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District has 2 opportunities to get your feet wet in the new year.

Join The rpbcwd Citizen Advisory Committee

Are you passionate about clean water? Would you like to join an active community of volunteers and environmental stewards? If you live or work in the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District (RPBCWD), consider applying to join the RPBCWD Citizen Advisory Committee!

The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is a volunteer advisory board comprised of community members whose role is to advise the RPBCWD Board of Managers as a representative of community interest. During monthly meetings, you will learn about water resource issues and management strategies within the district as well as review and comment on new programs and projects. As a community representative, you will be a voice for community interests and concerns. You will play an active role in making decisions that impact clean water in the district.  

Youth Representative: Are you or someone you know a high school student looking to get more involved in our community? We are seeking to add young voices to our committee through a designated Youth Seat on the CAC. 

If you want to be a part of this welcoming, active committee of engaged volunteers, consider submitting an application today!  

Click here to Apply


The Minnesota Water Stewards certification program offers a great opportunity for you to join a local network of energized leaders and tackle environmental problems in your community. You don’t have to be an expert. We’ll show you the way! 

Minnesota Water Stewards work within their communities as knowledgeable resources around local water health:

  • Educating Communities: Help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.
  • Reducing Pollutants & Conserving Water: Raise awareness of pollution sources such as pet. waste, fertilizer, or pesticides and work to reduce their impact.
  • Coordinating Action: Organize and help coordinate projects within communities to protect and conserve water.

The Minnesota Water Stewards (MWS) certification was developed by Freshwater to provide those interested in protecting and improving water health in their communities with the knowledge, skills, and relationship with local governments they need.  Stewards work through in-depth coursework that includes water science, land/water/climate interaction, behavior change, and best practices in water efficiency and protection. A culminating capstone project unites the curriculum with action that benefits the health of  local waters. Stewards gain experience and confidence to serve as a source of knowledge and influence in their communities. 

Learn more and apply