Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup
Since its inception in 2007, the MCWD's annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup has grown steadily into one of the metro area's key stewardship events. The annual event now routinely draws more than 1,000 volunteers to clean up around Minnehaha Creek and area lakes.
The family-friendly, free event typically takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on a Sunday in July at Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis, with a satellite location at Target-Knollwood in St. Louis Park. With the help of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and other sponsors, volunteers are provided free breakfast and lunch (and beer, for those 21 and older), as well as a t-shirt, entertainment and a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a Leine’s canoe. The Eco-Education Zone boasts a variety of water-related activities for kids and adults.
In order to clean up the small candy and gum wrappers that are often overlooked and have a cumulative impact on water quality, the District hands out special prizes for the collection of these small wrappers. This gives our smaller volunteers a chance to get in on the action!
Envrionmental stewardship goes beyond picking up trash. The District provides a free bike check, composting bins for breakfast and lunch, and separate trash bags for picking up recycling.
Video recap of the 2012 Minnehaha Creek Cleanup: