Community Alert

We think we know a lot about water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but a few minutes at the “We Are Water” exhibit, currently at the Carleton College’s Weitz Center, shows how much there is to know about the rivers, lakes and drinking water that we depend upon.

This 1,000-square-foot exhibit is hosted by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and the Weitz Center for Creativity. Its panels and activities help visitors see how humans depend upon water for drinking, growing crops, washing, and for recreation (fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing). But don’t think this exhibit is going to be like schoolwork.

This state-of-the-art exhibit uses video, computer game simulations, puppets, puzzles and hands-on activities to show visitors how important water is. It also shows what we need to do individually and as residents and voters to make sure that our rivers, lakes and drinking water gets cleaner and stays safe.

“One thing that I really like about ‘We Are Water’ is how it shows us the many ways that water is important to all of us and it shows us what we can do to keep the Cannon River healthy for our communities and our families to enjoy,” said CRWP Executive Director Kristi Pursell.

In addition to scientific information, the exhibit gives visitors a chance to share their own water story and to listen to recorded water stories from other area residents. The Weitz Center has also installed an art exhibit, “Fluid: Water Inspired Work” from the Carleton Art Collection adjacent to the “We Are Water” exhibit.

In addition, there is the “We Are Water: Watershed” art exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild. An artist reception is set from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St., Northfield.

The Weitz Center “We Are Water” exhibit is open from noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through July 28 at the Weitz Center for Creativity, 320 Third St. E., Northfield. The exhibit grand opening takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. In addition, there will be a Mini-River Insect Safari, Fish Printing, special guests, exhibit tours in English and Spanish and refreshments. For more information, visit

Kevin Strauss is community engagement coordinator for Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Reach him at

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy

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