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.

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EXHIBITS

Explore the We are Water MN virtual tour to experience visiting the exhibit, listen to recorded audio stories told by local residents, and watch videos featuring familiar places in Rochester and the Zumbro River Watershed.

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Bridge over Zumbro River

WE ARE WATER MN

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.


The exhibit was on display at the Rochester Art Center from March 11 - May 9, 2021

GROUNDWATER IN SOUTHEAST MN

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. 

The exhibit was on display at 125 Live from March 11-May 9, 2021.

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

Open through December 31, 2021


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.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Water Stories - Memoir Contest Celebration
    Water Stories - Memoir Contest Celebration
    Fri, Jul 09
    East Silver Lake Park
    Jul 09, 6:30 PM
    East Silver Lake Park, 705 E Silver Lake Dr, Rochester, MN 55906, USA
    Join us for an award ceremony to announce the winners of the Water Stories - Memoir Contest.
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  • Water Reclamation Plant Tours
    Sat, Jun 26
    Rochester
    Jun 26, 9:00 AM
    Rochester, 301 37th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901, USA
    Venga a ver cómo limpiamos sus aguas residuales con el fin de proteger el Río Zumbro. Kaalay oo arag sida aan u nadiifino biyaha wasaqda bulaacadada si aan u ilaalino Wabiga Zumbro. (Zumbro) تعال وانظر كيف نقوم بتنظيف مياه الصرف الخاصة بك من أجل حماية نهر زومبرو 来看我们为了保护宗布罗河如何清理您废弃的水
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YOUR WATER STORIES

KAMAU WILKINS

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

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.

BIGER FAMILY

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

Sammie Peterson shares her passion for building future generations' relationships to water.
What should the water be like for future generations?

JANICE DOMKE

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.

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