4.10 General Solutions

The plan revision sets forth a Performance Management Plan that integrates the regulatory program, management programs, and capital improvement program.  The Performance Management Plan is intended to comprehensively and systematically undertake activities that are oriented toward the achievement of performance goals by subwatershed.

Each of the subwatershed plans includes a detailed discussion of specific solutions within that area.  However, those strategies can be classified into the following general categories:

  1. Performance-based regulation should be focused on outcome rather than process, and be an integral strategy to meeting water resource goals.
  2. The Land Conservation Program should be expanded to proactively target opportunities where land conservation activities (such as differential regulation, local government requirements, conservation education, or acquisitions of conservation easements or land with high ecological value) could improve ecologic integrity, surface and groundwater quantity and quality, wetlands integrity, and streambank stability.
  3. Education and outreach programs should be continued and supplemented with targeted messages to achieve specific goals and target populations.
  4. Additional technical assistance to developers and LGUs within the watershed is necessary to encourage creativity and integration of water resource planning early in the planning and development process.
  5. Abstraction and infiltration should be encouraged to reduce downstream pollutant loading conveyed by new stormwater volumes.
  6. The data collection program should be expanded to provide for the targeted collection of data to monitor the effectiveness of improvements made.
  7. Local governments within the watershed should be partners in maintaining and improving water resources and ecologic integrity within the District.
  8. Management focus in the Upper Watershed should be on minimizing degradation from development, while in the Lower Watershed focus should be on improving water quality through retrofitting or capital projects.
  9. A balance needs to be struck between maintaining a reasonable level on Lake Minnetonka and a flow of water in Minnehaha Creek sufficient to maintain ecological integrity, water quality, and recreational opportunities