Protect Your City’s Water Quality

The Alliance for Sustainability supports volunteers with neighborhoods, congregations, schools, and environmental commissions to protect our lakes, creeks, and rivers through fun hands-on projects.

Restoring Our Lakes & Streams – With your support we are connecting trained Master Water Steward volunteers with neighborhoods, congregations and cities to protect our lakes and streams by planting rain gardens, engaging neighbors to adopt their storm drains, and  salt use.

  • Install rain gardens
  • Participate in spring watershed clean ups
  • Organize fall community clean ups for water quality to keep leaves off curbs and storm drains
  • Educating businesses to reduce winter salt use
  • Host educational events on water quality
  • Helping launch new volunteer lake associations including the Friends of Lake Hiawatha.

Interested in learning more about water quality projects or how you can get involved?

Contact Sean Gosiewski for more information at 612-250-0389 or

Friends of Lake Hiawatha – Exciting news! 



In 2019 the Friends of Lake Hiawatha to organize two major clean ups at the lake

Great news!  The MPRB Lake Hiawatha Community Advisory Committee (including our reps Sean Connaughty and Roxanne Stuhr) recently approved as their first priority for the new Lake Hiawatha Draft Preferred Design Alternative to provide pollution mitigation coordinated by the City of Minneapolis and MPRB, including trash, sediment, and dissolved pollutant removal. Read more.

Artist Sean Connaughty worked with Healing Place Collaborative and several dedicated community members and organizations to create a comprehensive exhibit of Lake Hiawatha, a critical habitat for diverse wildlife and deeply impaired by storm water pollution originating from South Minneapolis. Together they organized a
Art Exhibition at the White Page Gallery in November Lake Hiawatha – Anthropocenic Midden Survey –  to educate and engage the community, highlight water quality problems, present multiple solutions going forward, explore the history of Lake Hiawatha, (formerly called Rice Lake) and the potential of the future as this land faces another dramatic reconfiguration. The exhibit included the artist’s massive trash collection found in Lake Hiawatha; a part of the 6,800 lbs of trash removed from the Lake since 2015. The exhibit included drawings, documents and data compiled over the 5 years of Sean Connaughty’s stewardship of Lake Hiawatha. We are exploring the history of indigenous peoples on this land which is the sacred homeland of the Dakota people. We are also thinking of past, present and future involvement of indigenous peoples, whose knowledge is critical to the healing of Lake Hiawatha.


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