Get Involved & Help Improve Water Quality

The MWMO offers a variety of grant opportunities and programs to help organizations and individual residents take action to improve water quality and habitat in our watershed.

  • Capital Project Grants are designed to support large-scale, innovative stormwater management projects.
  • Stewardship Fund Grants support community-led efforts to improve water quality and habitat and promote environmental stewardship.
  • Adopt-a-Drain and Community Cleanups help protect water quality by keeping pollutants out of storm sewer systems.
  • Minnesota Water Stewards and volunteer programs allow residents to become leaders for clean water and habitat in their communities.

The MWMO offers grants of varying amounts to eligible organizations to support clean water and habitat inside the MWMO watershed. From rain gardens to neighborhood cleanup days to large-scale stormwater treatment systems, the MWMO provides funding for a variety of projects to promote smart, sustainable stormwater management.

Capital Project Grants

Capital Project Grants are designed for large-scale, innovative stormwater management projects with a high potential for protecting or improving water quality and habitat.

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Stewardship Fund Grants

Stewardship Fund Grants support community-led efforts to manage stormwater, control pollution and improve water quality and habitat. The MWMO offers three types of Stewardship Fund Grants for eligible applicants, with grant awards ranging from a maximum of $3,000 to $50,000, depending on the nature of the project.

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If you’re ready to take action to improve water quality and habitat in your community, the MWMO has resources to assist you. Whether you’re looking to adopt a storm drain, host a community cleanup day for your neighborhood, become a Master Water Steward, or simply volunteer for environmental stewardship projects in your community, we can help.


Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. The Adopt-a-Drain program asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

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Community Cleanups

The MWMO provides support for neighborhood organizations and other community groups to conduct their own cleanup events. This includes tools and other resources to use for the cleanup as well as promotional materials and other useful documents.

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Minnesota Water Stewards

Are you concerned about water pollution? Is there a drainage problem in your neighborhood that you want to fix? Want to get off the sidelines and make real change? Join the Minnesota Water Stewards!

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Are you passionate about protecting our rivers, lakes and streams? Would you enjoy working beside others who share your interest? If so, the MWMO welcomes you to check out opportunities offered by some of our partners.

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