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New Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Managers Appointed

Arun Hejmadi and Eugene Maxwell will serve three-year terms
Friday, April 26, 2019

Minnetonka, Minn. – At its meeting on Tuesday, April 23, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appointed Arun Hejmadi and Eugene Maxwell to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) Board of Managers. They succeed William Becker and Brian Shekleton who did not seek re-appointment. The MCWD is a special purpose unit of local government that works with public and private partners to protect and improve the land and water resources within a 178-square mile area from Minneapolis to St. Bonifacius. By aligning investments and mutually beneficial goals with its partners, it strives to bring the natural and built environments in balance across the watershed.

Arun HejmadiArun Hejmadi, who lives in the Nokomis East Neighborhood in south Minneapolis, has a passion for protecting local lakes from polluted stormwater runoff. He is certified as a Master Water Steward and has taken an active role in his neighborhood to protect and improve water quality. Hejmadi has installed raingardens on his property and helped spearhead the installation of a series of pollinator gardens called the “Monarch Mile” between Lake Nokomis and the Gateway Gardens near Minnehaha Falls. “As a native of India, I have an appreciation for water as a precious commodity,” said Hejmadi. “I am looking forward to my service on the MCWD Board of Managers, helping continue the organization’s commendable work to safeguard our water resources.”

Eugene MaxwellEugene Maxwell, a resident of Hopkins, served as the mayor of Hopkins for 16 years. During his tenure, Maxwell worked closely with the MCWD board and staff on projects including Cottageville Park and the redevelopment of the 325 Blake Road site. “I appreciated the MCWD’s effort to work closely with the city and find creative ways to integrate clean water goals into the city’s goals for parks and open space, and economic development,” said Maxwell. “I look forward to advancing the MCWD’s work to improve the quality of water and quality of life in its communities.”

“I welcome the opportunity to work with Arun Hejmadi and Eugene Maxwell. I also want to express my appreciation to Brian Shekleton and William Becker for their dedicated service to the District. They were instrumental in developing the MCWD’s water management plan which sets the direction for the next decade of our clean water work,” said MCWD Board President Sherry White. “We thank the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners for its thoughtful consideration of these appointments.”

Guided by a watershed management plan endorsed by its communities, the MCWD collaborates with public and private partners to build high impact water quality improvement projects and integrate land use and water planning. These efforts contribute to thriving communities in one of the most sensitive and highly used watersheds in the state.

The MCWD is governed by a seven-member board of managers; six are appointed by the Hennepin County Board and the seventh is appointed by the Carver County Board. Managers serve staggered three-year terms.

The MCWD spans parts or all of 29 communities in Hennepin and Carver Counties in the western Twin Cities metro. There are 129 lakes in the MCWD including Lake Minnetonka and the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, eight major streams including Minnehaha Creek, and thousands of wetlands in the watershed. More information about MCWD and its work.