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 District,” said MCWD Board President Sherry White. “We thank the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners for its thoughtful consideration of these appointments.”
Richard Miller, a resident of Edina, has a long history of public service and brings significant financial expertise to his role as treasurer on the Board of Managers. With a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility, Miller has played a valuable role in guiding the District’s investments in water resource improvements across the watershed. “I appreciate the opportunity to continue building on the MCWD’s success in aligning its goals with the goals of its public and private partners,” said Miller. “By working together, we have been able to make significant, lasting water quality improvements and add value in our communities.”
Jessica Loftus, a resident of Deephaven, has a background in local government including a six-year term as City Administrator for the City of Orono. During her tenure, the city increased the number of parks, addressed local flooding issues and maintained the city’s AAA bond rating with cost efficient financial planning. “My experience in city management gives me a unique perspective on how the MCWD can strengthen partnerships with cities and other partners,” said Loftus. “I’m excited to join the District’s efforts to integrate land use and water planning and help create sustainable communities across the watershed.”
The District is involved in a number of clean water initiatives, including the restoration of Minnehaha Creek through its most degraded stretch in Hopkins and St. Louis Park and a coordinated approach to historic water quality issues in the Six Mile-Halsted Bay subwatershed, which is the headwaters of the watershed. It is also leading a robust public input process to update its Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan and is marking its 50th anniversary with a series of events for policymakers and the public throughout the year.
The MCWD, founded in 1967, protects and improves the land and water resources in a 181-square mile area including Lake Minnetonka, Minnehaha Creek, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The MCWD is governed by a seven-member board of managers; six are appointed by the Hennepin County Board and the seventh is appointed by the Carver County Board. Managers serve staggered three-year terms. For more information about the District and its work, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.