Building Relationships for Effective Coordination

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was appointed by the MCWD Board of Managers in August 2022 to advise MCWD staff on the Land & Water Partnership Initiative, an initiative that aims to build bridges between land and water planning, to deliver projects that improve the watershed and support thriving communities.

Over the course of eight meetings, the TAC provided feedback to shape our Land & Water Partnership program, refine improvements to MCWD’s permitting program, and build systems to promote continued collaboration and integrated planning. The TAC included representatives from partner agencies such as cities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and park agencies from across the watershed. TAC members and alternates are listed below.

MCWD's Technical Advisory Committee

TAC Members

  • City of Edina: Jessica Vanderwerff Wilson, Water Resource Manager. Alternate: Ross Bintner
  • City of Hopkins: Ryan Krzos, City Planner
  • City of Maple Plain: Dylan Hoflock, Public Works Superintendent
  • City of Medina: Dusty Finke, City Planner
  • City of Minneapolis: Elizabeth Stout, Water Resources Manager. Alternate: Shahram Missaghi, Water Resources Coordinator
  • City of Minnetonka: Sarah Schweiger, Water Resources Manager. Alternate: Leslie Yetka, Natural Resources Manager
  • City of Orono: Melanie Curtis, Planner. Alternate: Laura Oakden, Community Development Director
  • City of Plymouth: Chris LaBounty, City Engineer. Alternate: Ben Scharenbroich, Water Resources Supervisor
  • City of Richfield: Mattias Oddsson, Water Resource Engineer. Alternate: Chad Donnelly, Assistant Utility Superintendent
  • City of St. Louis Park: Erick Francis, Water Resources Manager. Alternate: Phil Elkin, Engineering Services Manager; Mike Bahe, Natural Resources Manager
  • City of Victoria: Cara Geheren, City Engineer
  • City of Wayzata: Mike Kelly, City Engineer. Alternate: Emily Goellner, Community Development Director
  • Hennepin County: Drew McGovern, Senior Water Resources Engineer. Alternates: Karen Galles, Land and Water Supervisor; Kris Guentzel, Senior Water Resources Specialist
  • Metropolitan Council: Jen Kostrzewski, Principal Environmental Scientist
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board: Madeline Hudek, Data Insights Analyst. Alternate: Adam Arvidson, Director of Strategic Planning
  • Three Rivers Park District: Jami Markle, Director of Natural Resources. Alternate: Kelly Grissman, Director of Planning
  • Carver Soil & Water Conservation District: Mike Wanous, District Manager
  • Bolton and Menk, representing Greenwood, Mound, Orono, St. Bonifacius, Shorewood, Woodland: Bob Bean, Water Resources Project Engineer
  • WSB, representing Deephaven, Excelsior, Tonka Bay, and Minnetrista: Rebecca Haug, Senior Project Manager

TAC Meetings

The TAC concluded its meetings in June 2023. The Land & Water Partnership Capstone Publication provides a summary of TAC feedback and next steps for the initiative. Materials and minutes from individual TAC meetings can be found at the link below.

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Questions about the TAC?

Becky Christopher, Policy Planning Director