WE ARE WATER MN
Featuring the Zumbro River Watershed
We Are Water MN deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. We Are Water MN helps communities, organizations, and individuals make better, more collaborative, and more relevant choices about water.
Three exhibit locations invite you to explore in-person or virtually. Guests must follow current COVID-19 safety policies when visiting. Check back for details on virtual visits.
WE ARE WATER MN
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
11 am – 4 pm | Wednesday – Sunday
Closed Monday, Tuesday and major holidays
March 11 - May 9
This traveling exhibit examines water issues statewide and in local communities through personal stories, histories, and scientific information. It strengthens Minnesotans’ relationships with water, exposes visitors to new perspectives, and increases participation in water stewardship activities.
GROUNDWATER IN SOUTHEAST MN
125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Mon-Fri: 8am - 8pm, Sat: 8am - 6pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm
March 11 - May 9
Groundwater in Southeast MN begins as water from rain and snowmelt that soaks into the soil and moves into the rock layers below. The rock layers create formations that can hold water, known as aquifers or reservoirs. Minnesotans use the groundwater stored in the aquifers for drinking water. Drinking water wells pull the water from underground to the surface.
HISTORY OF WATER IN OLMSTED COUNTY
History Center of Olmsted County
1195 W Circle Dr, Rochester, MN 55902
9 am – 5pm | Tuesday – Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
March 16 - December 31
Water has always been an important part of human history. See how water impacted the lives of early settlers in Olmsted County, influencing where they lived and how they survived. Learn how the City of Rochester would later manipulate the rivers to allow the city to grow.
- Thu, Apr 29virtual presentation
- Tue, Apr 13Online Workshop
- Thu, Mar 18125 Live - West Lower Parking Lot
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YOUR WATER STORIES
Kamau Wilkins is a water protector and social justice leader. He shares what is like to learn from elders and others about their relationship to water. What is your relationship to water?
Megan Gallagher worked as an intern for the Environmental Resources Department in Olmsted County where she learned what was in the water--good and bad.
The Biger Family came from Iowa City to the Zumbro River to find recreation and respite during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has water been part of your story during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Sammie Peterson shares her passion for building future generations' relationships to water.
What should the water be like for future generations?
Janice Domke is a self-described river rat, who shares the story of her love of the river and the losses that she and her community faced when the Zumbro flooded in 2010.
How has water been a part of moments of joy or pain in your life?
WATER STORIES ARE BEING COLLECTED NOW.
Have a water story to share? We would love to hear about your connection to water and why water is important to you.