Influencing Public Policy

Minnesota Waters believes citizens are truly the most effective lake and stream protection advocates. While other organizations focus on professional lobbying at the Capitol, Minnesota Waters knows well-orchestrated citizen-led lobbying efforts are powerful and influential.

Are you tired of complaining about policies that do too little to protect Minnesota’s lakes and streams? Attend one of our training sessions to get involved and impact the decision making process:

Our workshops teach citizens the “who, what, when, where and how” of water resource management so your group can proceed step by step with thoughtful, effective advocacy.

Which public policy training is right for my group?

Influencing Minnesota’s Water Resource Management
Identify which body or decision-maker you need to reach and influence in order to advance your group’s priority lake, creek or watershed issues.

Working With Elected Officials for Lake and Stream Protection
Hear first-hand accounts from a panel of former elected officials. Panelists share proven strategies, personal stories of building collaboration, and effective tactics citizens should be using to engage and work with their community decision-makers.

Minnesota’s Lake Improvement Districts (LIDs)

Learn the background of Minnesota’s LID statute, examine the various LID accomplishments throughout the state, and discuss their potential to help achieve water quality goals.  A panel of citizen leaders will share the benefits and challenges groups encounter during the process of creating a LID, working with their local government unit and implementing management plans.

Additional Resources for Influencing Public Policy and Building and Sustaining Effective Citizen Groups