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MCWD update on COVID-19: Office closed

MCWD is continuing to follow state and federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of its partners and staff.

MCWD will continue its day-to-day work to protect and improve water resources. However, the District will be taking a number of steps to comply with state guidelines while maintaining its key functions. 

MCWD offices closed 

MCWD's office will be closed until further notice, while the District team conducts its work remotely.

All contacts will be conducted via e-mail, phone, or web conferencing. 

While the physical location of the work has changed, MCWD staff's commitment to excellent and prompt customer service has not. The District team will continue to be fully available during standard business hours.

E-mail is the preferred method of initial contact. View our staff directory for contact information. Use for general inquiries.

MCWD staff in the field

In-office and field work will be limited to tasks that cannot be completed from home. These activities may include water quality monitoring, regulatory inspection, construction oversight, building maintenance, and infrastructure operation. 

Submit permit information electronically

MCWD Permitting staff continue to receive and process permits normally, and endeavor to provide a high level of responsive, customer service.  As the office remains closed, and permitting staff continue to work remotely, please allow for additional time for responses and permits to be processed. When possible, please submit questions and inquiries via email to or directly to a staff member with whom you are working with or have previously worked with.  The permitting staff directory can be found here.


All permits and permit materials must be submitted electronically to Because of the office closure, MCWD cannot cuurently accept permit applications via mail.  If a specific point of contact is needed, please reach out to Permitting Manager, Tom Dietrich at or 952-473-2855, and your question can be routed appropriately.

Gray's Bay dam operation continues

MCWD will continue to operate the Gray's Bay dam normally in order to manage flooding risk in Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka.

View the latest dam discharge and information here.

Board of Managers meetings

MCWD’s Board of Managers will conduct its meetings virtually until further notice. 

Information on how to virtually attend these meetings will be posted on each meeting’s agenda


Contact with any additional questions.

Physical mail will not be received while the MCWD office is closed.Physical mail will not be received while the MCWD office is closed.