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Gray's Bay DamOne of the reasons Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) was formed in 1967 was to respond to devastating flooding along Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka. The first order of business of the newly-formed district was to build an adjustable dam at the headwaters of the creek, where it flows out of Lake Minnetonka.

Coming up with a plan to operate the dam was complicated. It took nearly 10 years and involved multiple stakeholders, including all of the affected communities, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Using historical lake elevations, the plan was developed to mimic natural hydrologic conditions throughout the year and to account for changing weather. MCWD still uses this scientific model to manage water levels and coordinates with the National Weather Service to provide even more tailored management of the dam.

There are six management goals of the dam: reduce flooding; keep water in the creek during dry periods; enhance recreation, wildlife, and aquatic life; and improve or maintain...

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