1.1 Introduction and Purpose

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District conserves the natural resources of the Minnehaha Creek watershed principally through analysis of the causes of harmful impacts on the water resources, public information and education, regulation of land use, regulation of the use of waterbodies and their beds, and capital improvement projects. Through its extensive analysis of the watershed, the District has been able to effectively identify the root causes of water quality degradation and flooding. The District has then successfully used this knowledge to develop and implement solutions that address these causes. The District's management plans have included both nonstructural solutions to the problems such as public information and education and regulation of land and water use and structural solutions, including construction of wet detention basins/wetlands, a headwaters outlet control structure and restoration of degraded wetlands.