About the MWMO

“Mission Statement: to lead, and to foster stewardship of the watershed with actions that promote civic ownership and responsibility and through measures that achieve diverse and functional ecosystems.”

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization works to protect and improve water quality, habitat and natural resources in an urban watershed that drains directly into the Mississippi River. We are a joint-powers local government unit and one of approximately three dozen watershed organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Our member communities include Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, Lauderdale, Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, St. Anthony Village and Saint Paul.

The MWMO encompasses 25,543 acres (39.9 square miles) of fully developed urban lands and waters. We partner with our member communities to invest in green infrastructure that captures, cleans and reuses stormwater runoff. Our team monitors and tracks water quality in the watershed and conducts education and outreach to promote active environmental stewardship among residents.

See a map of our watershed boundaries: (Google Maps Version) (PDF Version)

Employees

16-20 employees, depending on season

Budget

$1.8 million operating, $2.7 million capital improvement (five-year averages)

Formation

The MWMO is a joint powers watershed under Minnesota Statutes 103B and Minnesota Rules 8410.

Six Areas of Excellence

Member Communities

The MWMO’s member communities include Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, Lauderdale, Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, St. Anthony Village and Saint Paul.

Member City/Organization Percent Area of MWMO Square Miles within MWMO
Columbia Heights 7.92 percent 3.16
Fridley 9.51 percent 3.80
Hilltop 0.32 percent 0.13
Lauderdale 0.16 percent 0.06
Minneapolis 73.26 percent 29.27
MPRB 5.42 percent 2.17
St. Anthony Village 2.55 percent 1.02
St. Paul 0.85 percent 0.34