Public Invited to Hear Plans for MCWD Property in Minnetrista

Friday, October 28, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2011

Contact:
Telly Mamayek, MCWD Communications Director

952-641-4508; tmamayek@minnehahacreek.org

 

Public Invited to Hear Plans for MCWD Property in Minnetrista
Community Meeting Planned for November 9th

Deephaven, Minn. – In an effort to improve water quality in Six Mile Marsh and Halsted Bay, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) recently purchased a 112-acre farm in Minnetrista and is planning a community meeting to discuss the plans for the property.

Bob and Jan Halverson had operated the property as a farm and sold the land to the MCWD at a discounted price of $2.25 million.  The land features steep slopes that drain to Six Mile Marsh and Halsted Bay, which has a water quality grade of ?D? that's among the worst in the MCWD.

?This is an opportunity to clean up the water and provide the community with an amenity that residents can enjoy for years to come,? said Matt Norton of the MCWD Land Conservation and Restoration Program.  ?We look forward to working with the community on this project.?

Halverson farm panorama

The MCWD's concept for the property includes re-establishing wetlands that had been drain-tiled and filled and restoring the landscape to prairie and oak savanna.  It's also considering installing a spur trail from the Dakota Rail Trail that is adjacent to the northwestern edge of the property.  The spur trail would end at an overlook that gives a panoramic view of the Six Mile Marsh.  Educational signage would explain the link between land use and clean water and describe the restoration work.  Consistent with the program's policy to only keep the land it needs for its water quality goals, the MCWD is evaluating alternatives for residential development on a small portion of the property.

The community is invited to hear more and share its thoughts on future plans for this property at a community meeting.

When:   6:30pm to 8:00pm Wednesday, November 9 

Where:  Gillespie Center, Long Lake 1 Room
              2590 Commerce Blvd.
              Mound, MN 55364

To learn more about the MCWD's Land Conservation and Restoration Program, visit our website www.minnehahacreek.org.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District               

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost share grant programs, permitting and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the District. For more information, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.