Communicating with All Minnesotans about Water Resources
Jenny Winkelman, Education and Outreach Manager, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
The 2010 Census results prove what we already know: Minnesota's population continues to grow more diverse. Yet, many communities have difficulty communicating with their diverse residents about environmental information in meaningful ways-and a failure to connect effectively with all Minnesotans on these issues likely will have negative consequences for the next generation of natural resources management.
Jenny also works with partners to develop future leadership in the MWMO's diverse communities. One example is the Mississippi River Green Team, a conservation-focused youth development program for urban teenagers-the next generation of river stewards and coworkers. These experiences have given Jenny important insights about how to involve diverse and young people in water resources issues.
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Did You Know?
The Mississippi River Basin, or watershed, drains 41% of the continental United States including 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces.