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County Road 6 Pond Retrofit

Overview The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is retrofitting an existing stormwater pond in Orono to improve water quality to downstream Long Lake. The project, mapped out in the collaborative Long Lake Creek Partnership Roadmap, will involve the addition of a sand filtration bench to improve water treatment capacity in the pond. Use of this […]

Promenade at Wayzata

Overview In 2007, the City of Wayzata and Presbyterian Homes partnered with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) to develop a plan for stormwater management for the redevelopment of the Wayzata Bay Center. The project was implemented in three phases and involved the installation of underground infiltration systems to treat runoff, new and expanded underground […]

Maple Creek Pond Improvement Project

Overview Supported through the pilot phase of MCWD’s Land & Water Partnership program, the Maple Creek Pond Improvement project includes an iron-enhanced sand filter that will reduce phosphorus loading to downstream Gleason Lake. The project, led by the City of Plymouth, will also help alleviate local flooding.  The City of Plymouth coordinated with MCWD to […]

Mader Wetland Bank

Overview In 2014, the Mader Family Trust was considering selling their 77-acre parcel for development. They were interested in maximizing their financial return while also preserving the site’s natural heritage, including a large wetland complex, as a family legacy. The Mader family reached out to MCWD early in their planning process to learn more about the district’s […]

West End Redevelopment

Overview In 2007, Duke Realty (a developer) applied for a Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) permit for the proposed redevelopment of a 35-acre site located at the southwest intersection of Highway 100 and 394. Given the scale of the development, and its proximity to Brownie Lake, which was not meeting state water quality standards, MCWD […]

Greenway to Cedar Trail Connection & Streambank Restoration

Overview The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is in the early phases of planning a 1,000-foot trail connection from Methodist Hospital and the Minnehaha Creek Preserve to the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail and upcoming Southwest Light Rail Blake Road Station. The new trail will also connect to 325 Blake Road and Cottageville Park in […]

Japs-Olson Minnehaha Creek Preserve Enhancement

Overview In 2013, MCWD worked with the Japs Olson Company, a large printing business and major employer in St. Louis Park, to develop a solution for treating the site’s stormwater after its expansion. Japs-Olson is right in the heart of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway, a series of projects undertaken by MCWD and a host of […]

Minnehaha Parkway Stormwater Management

Overview Working in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is developing a shared implementation framework for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, a 30-year vision to enhance recreation, improve ecological function of the creek corridor, promote public safety, address flooding, and advance […]

Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Habitat Restoration

Overview Since 2014, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and its partners have engaged in one of the region’s largest habitat restoration and water quality enhancement projects. The project includes the restoration of 2,488 acres of in-lake habitat across 14 deep and shallow lakes, and the creation of corridors of restored wetland and uplands in the […]

East Auburn Wetland Restoration

Overview The East Auburn wetland corridor is a system of wetlands originating at the outlet of Wassermann Lake and flowing north toward Highway 5 to the inlet of East Auburn Lake in Victoria. The wetland corridor includes part of Six Mile Creek and contains several types of wetlands. MCWD is partnering with the City of […]

Turbid-Lundsten Corridor Wetland Restoration

Overview This set of planned, complementary projects will treat water within the chain of lakes that includes Turbid, South and North Lundsten, Parley Lake and Six Mile Creek. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is in the planning stage for a project in this corridor. Work in this area is dependent on land acquisition, partnerships, and […]

Halsted Bay Alum Treatment Facility

Overview The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is exploring the opportunity to construct a water treatment facility on Halsted Bay of Lake Minnetonka. The treatment facility would pump water from Six Mile Creek, treat it with aluminum sulfate (alum), and discharge treated water into the creek before it enters Halsted Bay. Upon completion, the facility […]