June 20, 2017
Nominations Sought for 2017 Watershed Heroes Awards
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 Celebration,...

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...