About Northland NEMO

NEMO stands for Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials. Nonpoint source pollution, or polluted runoff, is the number one water quality problem in the United States. Because water quality is a reflection of land use in a watershed, and because land use is determined and managed at the local level, NEMO educational programs focus on the audience of local land use officials.


NEMO programs focus on providing educational and skill building workshops that increases leader’s knowledge about the connection of land use and management decisions to water quality and natural resources. NEMO provides non-regulatory, researched-based education that emphasizes

  • natural resources based PLANNING,
  • application of low impact best management PRACTICES (BMPs) and
  • adoption or revision of POLICIES

that collectively supportive community goals for growth and vibrancy and meet the needs to maintain clean water resources and minimize impact.


The Northland NEMO program is led by the University of Minnesota Extension and Sea Grant College Program.  It also represents a collaborative of organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Northland NEMO partners work together to offer educational programming, provide resources, and create effective tools to assist and enable communities to make informed decisions regarding land use and natural resources. Financial support for programming comes from a variety of University and local watershed organizations.

Northland NEMO is a member of the National NEMO Network. The National NEMO Network includes similar programs in 32 states, with the Network hub at the University of Connecticut.

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