who live on or near a lake, big or small, often view it as a personal
sanctuary. If you feel a special connection to your lake, consider organizing a
lake association to protect it.
lakes face a myriad of threats, from polluted stormwater runoff that leads to
algae to aquatic invasive species that upset ecological balance. Lake
associations empower citizens with knowledge and support for protecting and
enhancing their lake.
The MCWD recognizes the importance of these groups and makes it easy
to get started. The Watershed
Association Initiative works with individuals to form a group, write
a plan, communicate with members and connect with similar organizations. Mini
grants are available through the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD),
which also offers workshops and trainings to help keep your organization
water bodies across the District, citizens are helping keep the water that they
love healthy and clean. The MCWD is eager to help you with this goal.
Assist newly forming lake, stream or watershed associations/groups with
start-up costs for new associations. Established associations/groups
may qualify for funds if working with the WAI to increase organizational
capacity or support the
River, lake or watershed groups often form around a
particular concern for water or shoreline protection. The initial
discussion concerning the need for a group generally requires a few meetings
and a couple principal leaders, spurring interest and sustaining
With 126 lakes, countless wetlands and miles of streams in
the District, we know that citizen leaders are essential part of protecting and
improving our waters. In September of 2006 the Watershed Association
Initiative (WAI) began. Through this program the MCWD wants to activate groups of
citizens who have come together with the common value of protecting their local
The scientific expertise, organizational development resources, and citizen-led
conservation experience that both the MCWD and the Freshwater Society provide are
important for a strong start and a sustainable future for lake, stream, and
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has partnered with Freshwater Society to engage residents by forming associations throughout the watershed district. These organizations allow residents and property owners to:
Learn about the threats to our clean water resources and management practices
Better understand how water quality and management of lakes and streams can impact recreation, fish and wildlife, property values and other factors
Get involved in protecting and improving the quality and management of lakes, streams and surrounding areas
The lake and stream associations that currently exist in the district are listed below.
Waters has useful guidebooks available to member lake/river associations to
build their organizational capacity and prepare them to improve and protect our
waters. To learn more about Minnesota Waters and to become a member click here.
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has an interactive kiosk, water models, mini golf courses and much more available for you to check out. Please visit MCWD's General Public page for more information.