Goal 7 - Navigation
Maintain the hydraulic capacity of and minimize obstruction to navigation without compromising wildlife habitat in watercourses and preserve water quality and navigation appearance in shoreland areas.
The District recognizes the riparian rights of property owners to have and maintain access to public waters. The District, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, and the Department of Natural Resources have entered into a Dredging Joint Policy Statement that serves as the basis for the District’s continuing regulation of dredging activities. Excessive growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation can also be an obstruction to navigation. The District will not participate in the removal of nuisance aquatic vegetation solely for the purpose of improving navigation, but may consider macrophyte control where excessive growth contributes to poor water quality.
Desired Outcomes: Minimization of impacts on water resources from dredging.
Metrics: Compliance with the dredging policy.
Goal 7.1 - Lake Minnetonka
Manage dredging activities so as to preserve the natural appearance of shoreline areas; recreational, wildlife and fisheries resources of surface waters; surface water quality and ecological integrity of the riparian environment.
- Continue to regulate dredging activities on Lake Minnetonka in accordance with the Lake Minnetonka Dredging Policy Joint Statement.