News Releases

October 17, 2017
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District seeks citizen advisors
Minnetonka, Minn. – The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is seeking applicants for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of residents from across the watershed that provides input to the MCWD Board of Managers on water quality issues and helps guide the District’s work in the community. The CAC meets monthly throughout the year to discuss clean water...

September 21, 2017
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Approves Preliminary 2018 Budget and Levy
(Minnetonka, Minn.) At its meeting on September 14, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) Board of Managers approved a proposed 2018 budget of $12,141,892 and a $9,675,993 levy to support it. The proposed 3.9 percent levy increase would allow the District to continue its focus on improving water quality in the most impaired...

August 17, 2017
2017 Watershed Heroes Award Recipients Announced
Minnetonka, Minn. – People are working every day, and in all kinds of ways, to improve the quality of the lakes, streams and wetlands within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). MCWD will recognize some of those exemplary stewards of our water resources at its 50th anniversary Sunset Celebration on Thursday, November 2 at St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center in Minneapolis. The...

July 18, 2017
Applications Being Accepted for Master Water Steward Program
Do you want to protect clean water in a lake or stream you care about? Become a Master Water Steward!  Applications are now being accepted for the program, which provides training on how to protect local waterways from pollution. Following the training, Stewards put their knowledge into action in their own communities. When it rains, oil from cars, salt,...

July 12, 2017
Researchers Continue Testing New Zebra Mussel Control Method
 A study is continuing in Lake Minnetonka this year on a potential new method to effectively manage zebra mussel populations. Researchers from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) are testing the use of a copper-based product to reduce the survival of zebra mussel veligers (larvae). By...

June 20, 2017
Nominations for 2017 Watershed Heroes Awards due Friday!
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Watershed Heroes Awards which recognize individuals and organizations who do outstanding work to help keep our lakes, streams and wetlands clean. The recipients will be announced at the concluding event of MCWD’s 50th anniversary event series, the Sunset...

May 24, 2017
How's your lake? New info released.
Our annual rite of spring – the release of our lake grades report card – is here. Based on the amount of clarity, algae and nutrients in the District’s lakes, the 2016 Lake Grades Report generally shows little change from previous years. The report includes data collected by the MCWD, Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and citizen monitors.Since 2001, some of the significant trends...

May 11, 2017
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Underway in MCWD
With the Minnesota fishing opener upon us, you can help protect your favorite lake from aquatic invasive species (AIS). While boating, you simply have to follow three simple steps – Clean, Drain, Dry. Before leaving a lake, boaters should clean all visible plants and other debris from all equipment; drain any water from the craft and keep drain plugs out; and wipe everything dry....

April 21, 2017
Announcing the 2017 Earth Day Photo Contest Winners
Thanks to everyone who entered the 2017 Earth Day Photo Contest! We almost TRIPLED the number of entries we received compared to 2016, making this decision especially tough.  We were also blown away by the quality of the entries -- an equal testament to the skills of our residents and the beauty of our resources.  Below are the winners as chosen by MCWD staff. We're already looking...

March 29, 2017
MCWD Launches 50th Anniversary Event Series
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a series of free community events to get people outdoors enjoying and protecting our beautiful waters. The event series, “Jump In & Make a Splash,” includes a wide range of activities from fishing and canoeing to picking up litter and collecting prairie seeds in several locations across...

March 17, 2017
Two MCWD managers appointed
At its meeting on Tuesday, March 14, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners reappointed Richard Miller to the MCWD Board of Managers and appointed Jessica Loftus as a new manager, replacing Pamela Blixt. “I look forward to the continued leadership of Richard Miller and welcome the opportunity to work with Jessica Loftus. I also want to express my appreciation to Pamela Blixt for her 24 years of dedicated service to the...

February 17, 2017
Residents form new lake groups to protect clean water
Two new citizen-led lake associations formed in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) in 2016, bringing the number of resident groups organized around lakes and streams in the District to an all-time high. There are now 30 documented lake and stream groups that have formed in the MCWD, which has been supporting citizen efforts to protect their local waters for more than...

February 1, 2017
Study finds potential link between herbicide treatment and hybrid watermilfoil
A little known type of watermilfoil could be more invasive and tougher to control than the Eurasian variety that has irritated lake users for decades, according to new study findings from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and researchers from Montana State University and the University of Minnesota. Using cutting-edge genetic...