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James Wisker2019 A Look Forward

As we turn the page on another year, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is looking forward to continuing the partnerships that provide clean water and a healthy natural environment which are essential for vibrant, thriving communities. With tremendous help from our partners, and a record amount of outside investment, we are creating built and natural systems that work in harmony to provide a sense of place, environmental benefit, economic value, and well-being. In 2019, we will continue to pursue this vision for a Balanced Urban Ecology across the watershed. 

A critical piece of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway will be restored in partnership with Hennepin County, the City of Hopkins, the Metropolitan Council, and the City of St. Louis Park. This new contiguous ribbon of public green space along the creek will treat hundreds of acres of stormwater runoff, connect housing, business and the new Southwest Light Rail transit line to over 109 acres of restored nature, and will reintroduce Minnehaha Creek into the surrounding urban fabric.

Downstream, we are partnering with the City of Edina, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to utilize Minnehaha Creek as a place-making asset that underpins planned park improvements. And in the MCWD’s headwaters, we are working with the Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Partnership to align public and private investments to restore local water quality, and that of downstream Lake Minnetonka, while integrating the extraordinary value of the Six Mile chain of lakes into an urbanizing landscape. 

These are just a few examples of MCWD’s ethos in action, which can only succeed through genuine collaboration. I want to thank all of our wonderful partners for their shared commitment to achieving a balanced urban ecology for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Together, we have positioned 2019 to be a year filled with fantastic accomplishments! Read the full 2019 A Look Forward.

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