Streamlining Our Regulations

During our permitting process, MCWD engages with cities, developers, businesses, and others who implement changes on the landscape. Recognizing that what happens on the land impacts our water resources, we believe the permitting process is an opportunity to provide service and grow relationships to help applicants meet their goals in a way that is protective of water resources.

To facilitate these partnerships and provide better customer service, we are improving our permitting process and rules to be simpler, more streamlined, and better integrated with other agencies.

Rule Revisions Contact

For questions and concerns regarding the rule revisions process, please reach out to:

Becky Christopher, Policy Planning Director


A Collaborative Process

MCWD engaged representatives from the watershed’s 29 communities as part of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) process for the Land & Water Partnership Initiative, an initiative focused on integrating land and water planning and strengthening relationships with our communities. Over the course of eight TAC meetings, the committee reviewed and provided feedback on the draft rules. A summary of TAC feedback and next steps is provided within the Land & Water Partnership Capstone Publication.

MCWD also conducted meetings with its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and Board of Managers to review and refine the proposed improvements to the permitting program and the rule revisions.

Share Your Feedback

To gather additional input on the proposed rule revisions, we distributed the rules for a 45-day public comment period and held a public hearing on January 11, 2024. The public comment period closed on February 1, 2024, and we are now in the process of reviewing comments received.

We will provide written responses to all comments, incorporate any associated changes to the rules, and anticipate adopting the revised rules in March 2024.

Review Our Rule Revisions

We’ve updated our permitting rules to align with other regulatory agencies, simplify language, and streamline processes, so we can improve our permitting experience while ensuring the watershed’s resources remain protected. The majority of rule revisions are focused on the Erosion Control and Stormwater Management rules, which must be updated to align with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)‘s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) standards.

The Guidance Document below provides an overview of the purpose of the rule revisions, the process conducted, and explanations of all substantive revisions. We have also created side-by-side comparisons of current and proposed rule language to aid the review process. Explore our current rules, proposed revisions, and side-by-side comparisons below.

Partnering Through Regulation

Partnership is integral to MCWD’s approach. Over the years, we’ve helped our partners navigate complicated permitting processes so they can achieve their goals and deliver benefits to their communities.

Our new rules help facilitate effective partnership, so we can continue applying our technical expertise, relationships, and planning capabilities to find innovative solutions.