Watershed Festival - 2011

Watershed FestivalThe 2011 Watershed Festival was the most popular festival yet for the Regional Stormwater Protection Team. About 1200 people attended this year's event, which was again held in the K-Mart Parking Lot on the first Saturday in June. Despite the threat of rain and the busy construction around the mall area families, gardeners, and others interested in learning how to keep our area water clean found their way to the tents and had a great time. We had great food, music, entertainment from Twin Cities environmental entertainer Tricia and the Toonies, and a climbing wall. Clancy the mercury-detecting dog also made a special appearance, as did Rex, the RSPT mascot.

In addition to the stage entertainment and workshops, 25 local organizations had booths at the festival, several of which had fun children's activities including the chance to see water-loving animals from the Lake Superior Zoo and view macroinvertebrates through microscopes from Hartley Nature Center.

Workshops were again offered this year in a separate tent. Festival goers had the opportunity to discuss and learn about rainwater harvesting, homemade solar ovens and composting with local experts at these workshops.

Check out the pictures of the 2011 festival below! This event was funded with a generous grant from Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program (through NOAA). The RSPT extends much thanks to them for helping us get the word out about how to keep our area streams and lakes clean and beautiful.


Performers from the "Heart of the Beast" theater company provide guidance and materials for children to make and take an environmentally themed puppet.


Parents assist their children with puppet-making.


Roman Rowan, Carolyn Dindorf, and Sheridan Dolan of Clearwater Environmental Sound entertain festival-goers.


Robi Meyerson entertains adults and children with music and singing.


Kosta's Gyros was one of two food vendors at the festival providing a variety of tasty food for visitors and exhibitors.


Tom Deschenes, of the St. Louis River Alliance, checks the information at the St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District booth.


Jean Brozic, St. Louis River Alliance Board Member, volunteering her time at the Alliance's booth.


Julie McDonnell, ECO, promoting and selling home products that are environmentally friendly.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to the generous sponsors who helped to insure that this event really was a Wave of Fun!