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MCWD office hours are 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, permitting staff are available by phone and email. When possible, please submit questions and inquiries via email to or directly to a staff member with whom you are working or have previously worked. The permitting staff directory can be found here.

All permits and permit materials should be submitted through MCWD's online permitting portal. If you need a specific point of contact, please reach out to Permitting Manager Kayla Westerlund at or 952-473-2855, and your question can be routed appropriately.

About the MCWD permitting program: 

To ensure reasonable and consistent standards that will protect the region's water resources for generations to come, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is charged by state law to issue and monitor permits. Through the permitting process, the MCWD works with property owners and local governments to prevent irreversible damage to the area's natural resources. Ultimately, the goal is to balance property owners' use of their property with ensuring the protection and management of water and surrounding resources so that residents and visitors can enjoy local lakes, rivers, and streams.

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