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Apply to the CAC

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a resident-led volunteer advisory group to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) that is appointed by the District's Board of Managers. The CAC assists the MCWD Board of Managers on matters affecting the interests of the Watershed District such as providing feedback on the District’s strategic initiatives, organizational plans, and policy priorities.

CAC meetings are held in person at the MCWD office in Minnetonka. Staff are monitoring COVID-19 risk and will switch the meeting format to virtual if the risk increases.  

Benefits of service: 

  • Play a role in regional, watershed-wide efforts to improve local communities
  • Learn about your watershed and issues impacting its water resources
  • Network and learn from your peers

Membership policy: 

Applicants must be residents of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  Selection will prioritize a cohort of CAC members who live in communities across the watershed district and bring a diversity of professional, racial/ethnic identification, and personal backgrounds.

Desired qualifications: 

MCWD welcomes applications from residents bringing a variety of personal and professional experiences. This will likely include:

  • Curiosity about the work of a watershed district
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively in CAC meetings
  • Interest in issues such as water, environment, conservation, and community development


Members serve two-year, staggered terms. There are no term limits.

Time committment: 

CAC members meet every other month (6 times/year) and attend special meetings as needed, approximately 10 hours per year plus advance review of meeting materials. Meetings generally occur on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Advisors are expected to attend at least four meetings a year and show a commitment to the CAC duties.

Main duties: 

In accordance with Minnesota Statutes § 103D.331, the CAC is organized to advise and assist the MCWD Board of Managers in the following areas:

  • Consider issues relevant to the functions and purposes of the Watershed District
  • Examine, refine and build upon the strategy and communication for District’s key initiatives
  • Review and advise on the budget, capital improvement plans, and District projects or activities
  • Advise and assist in decision-making
  • Raise issues of concern from the public

Reports to: 

The CAC meets at the request of and makes formal recommendations to the MCWD Board of Managers. The CAC is facilitated by the MCWD Outreach Program staff and District Administrator. 

Review the CAC Position Description for background on member expectations.