NEMO is a nationally recognized educational program for local elected and appointed decision makers who have a role in addressing the relationship between land use and natural resource protection. Our mission is to help Minnesota and Wisconsin communities better protect natural resources while accommodating growth and redevelopment.
Northland NEMO is a collaborative of organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin with working groups currently in the Twin Cities Metro Area and the Western Lake Superior Basin. Northland NEMO partners work together to offer educational programming, provide resources, and create effective tools to help communities make informed decisions about land use and natural resources.
NEMO provides non-regulatory, researched-based education that emphasizes:
- natural resources based PLANNING,
- applying low impact best management PRACTICES (BMPs), and
- adopting or revising POLICIES that collectively support community goals for growth while maintaining clean water resources and minimizing impact.
The stormwater education program works with stormwater professionals and communities through research-based, locally-tailored workshops. With green infrastructure concepts, we teach how to minimize the impact of development by mimicking natural hydrology.
The watershed education program provides community leaders, citizens, and natural resource professionals with knowledge and tools to make informed water and land use decisions to protect and restore the integrity of Minnesota's lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
- How the watershed education program can help you
- What is a watershed?
- Why should I care about watershed?
- The Watershed Game
The Watershed Specialist Training program delivers an online training course for current and aspiring water resource professionals and supports ongoing networking among alumni. The program aspires to continually build capacity to address Minnesota’s water resource challenges.
The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program protects public health and the environment by improving wastewater treatment through research-based workshops, as well as outreach to homeowners, small communities, professionals and policy-makers.