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March 14, 2018 CAC Minutes

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Citizens Advisory Committee


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 

Community Room

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Offices

15320 Minnetonka Boulevard

Minnetonka, MN 55345


1.        Call meeting to order

The regular meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Citizens Advisory Committee was called to order at 6:40 p.m. in the Community Room at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District offices.


2.        CAC Members Present

Bill Bushnell, Jerry Ciardelli, Brian Girard, Drew McGovern, Richard Nyquist, Dave Oltmans, Cassy Ordway, Peter Rechelbacher, Marc Rosenberg, John Salditt.


Managers Present

No manager was present at this meeting


Others Present

MCWD staff—Darren Lochner, Renae Clark, Kim LaBo


3.        Approval of Agenda

It was moved by Rechelbacher to approve the agenda, Girard seconded. All members approved.


4.        Approval of Minutes
 November 8 and December 13, 2017
February 21, 2018

It was moved by Rechelbacher to approve the minutes, Girard seconded. All members approved.


5.        Report from Staff

-       Minnehaha Creek map has been updated and will be available this spring

-       Update was provided on water levels throughout the watershed from Lake Minnetonka and Gray’s Bay dam to Minnehaha Creek and areas around Lake Nokomis. MCWD is keeping a close eye on precipitation patterns and the melting of the area lakes and other waters.

-       MCWD photo contest is seeking entries until mid-April

-       325 Blake Road/Cold Storage project continues to move forward.  Master Developer will likely be selected in May.

-       MCWD new administrator, James Wisker is transitioning into new role with the District

-       Staff is hosting training for volunteers on best practices and roles of volunteers at community events

-       Several projects are will be focused on Minnehaha Creek including the Minnehaha Creek FEMA Flood Repairs project, Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail, Southwest Service Area Master Plan and water levels issues around Lake NokSome of these projects are ongoing while others are just starting up.

-       Staff has been asked to assist with recruiting a CAC member to the Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail.   MCWD CAC members were encourage to consider this CAC. The Board of Managers will nominate an individual to serve on this committee.

-       Metro Blooms will continue to offer workshops throughout the spring on Resilient Yards and landscape planning and Turf Alternatives


6.        Report from CAC Members

Brian Girard reported on discussions during the MCWD Board and committee meetings. He was interested in the progress and updates on projects related to the Six Mile Creek subwatershed carp management projects and planning associated with the 325 Blake Road/Cold Storage site.


Brian also has been involved the discussions by the City of Orono and citizens on the Big Island site.  The City is involved with planning for the site and exploring options on how to use the property and what developments can/cannot be made. 


Peter Rechelbacher discussed the Highway 12/Wayzata Boulevard project near Long Lake.  Due to the highway’s close proximity to the lake the site is sensitive.   Rechelbacher was interested in learning more about the role of MCWD with this project.  There was a comparison made between the Bushaway Road Project on Lake Minnetonka and the role of MCWD at this site.  More information on the Long Lake project will be shared with the CAC at a future meeting.


CAC members asked about how individuals area communicated on the MCWD Board and committee meetings.   It was noted that the agendas and minutes are posted on the MCWD website.   Lochner will check on the process for informing individuals on the Board meeting content by way of a targeting email.


7.        Report from Board of Manager Liaison

No report


8.        New Business

8.1  MCWD Watershed Management Plan overview and discussion    

Renae Clark, Planner and Project Manager shared background on the watershed management plan and implementation process. In addition, an overview was provided on the recent MCWD Strategic Planning process. One aspect of the strategic planning process involved examining the roles and responsibilities of all the MCWD committees and their connection to each other, Board of Manages and staff. The Citizen Advisory Committee is viewed as an important part of the work of the District. The CAC will be looked to provide input and assistance in the areas of MCWD policy and projects.


Implementation of the land and water policy will involve understanding target audiences in the watershed district. Specifically, staff was interested in learning from CAC members on the audiences of private developers, realtors and builders.   CAC members were split into three groups and asked to respond to a series of questions:

Question 1 – What are some barriers to implementation?
Question 2 – How can the District incentive integration/early coordination?
Questions 3 – How can we communicat/educate about the value?


The brainstorming resulted in a good mix of responses that staff and the Board will use to assist with implementation.   There are a lot of moving parts with the implementation and the CAC will continue to be involved.


9.             Old Business  

10.         Special items to address by CAC / Staff before next meeting

11.         Adjourn – Next Meeting too be determined

Motion was made to adjourn at 9:00 p.m. by Girard and seconded by Nyquist.  All CAC members approved.

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