Friday, May 3, 2013
Apply for a cost share grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District by May 31.
As property owners make plans for their gardens and landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is offering a helping hand. The MCWD Cost Share program is offering grants to those who want to help protect clean water by installing raingardens, shoreline or streambank plantings, pervious concrete driveways or other stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Grants are available to any public or private property located within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, including residential homes, apartments, businesses, schools or cities. The deadline for most residential projects is May 31. Polluted stormwater runoff is the biggest threat to water quality across the state and nation. In a natural environment, …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The organization is seeking input through an online survey.
The three open houses that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District hosted in February and March are past, but residents can still share their thoughts on clean water online. The organization has created a survey website—www.WeighInOnCleanWater.com—that allows people to share their biggest concerns, say whether the district is headed in the right direction and let officials know where they get their information. The survey will help guide the district’s future—and it only takes a few minutes.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
During the first year of the pilot in 2013, the program will focus on the Minneapolis neighborhoods surrounding Minnehaha Creek and the Chain of Lakes. In the second year, the program will expand to additional neighborhoods in Minneapolis and the suburbs
Tuesday, February 19
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in partnership with the Freshwater Society, has announced a new clean water educational resource for local communities: The Master Water Stewards program. Applications are now being accepted for the three-year pilot program which will recruit and train volunteers to work with individuals and organizations in their communities to protect and clean up local lakes, streams and wetlands. Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to the health of our surface waters. In addition to educating their neighbors about reducing runoff, the Master Water Stewards will work on runoff prevention projects, such as rain gardens and water-permeable driveways. They also will coordinate community …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The council will hold its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The Richfield City Council meets every second and fourth Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at the Richfield City Hall and Municipal Center. This week's meeting includes a disciplinary hearing for those businesses that failed alcohol compliance checks last month and a second reading of an ordinance that would amend city code in regards to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The agenda has been attached to this article as a PDF.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Two spots will open up March 8.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Board of Commissioners press release. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board, due to expiration of terms of office on March 8 for Jeffrey Casale and Lee Keeley. The board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek. The cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Long Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, Orono, St. Bonifacius, Spring Park, Tonka Bay and Wayzata lie entirely within the district. Portions of Deephaven, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Maple Plain, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth, …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed district 'will stay open and conduct business as usual
A potential state government shutdown will likely not have a significant impact on day-to-day operations for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, which covers a portion of Richfield. "We will stay open and conduct business as usual," MCWD Spokeswoman Telly Mamayek said. Mamayek said a prolonged shutdown could slow projects that require state approval, but said that impact will be minimal in the short-term as most of the district's current projects are in the design phase. As the watershed district's work is funded primarily through its own tax levy "with a very small amount coming from state funding," it would not be forced to halt regular operations like the Department of Natural Resources. For the most part, a DNR shutdown would not …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District launches a new grant program this spring for people who want to beautify their property and benefit the environment at the same time.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) has kicked off a new program for Richfield and other area residents that could cover—with cash—up to half of the cost of many home landscape projects. Polluted stormwater runoff is the biggest water quality problem in the city and in the state. The hope is that this program will encourage local homeowners to implement green initiatives in their homes’ landscapes, ultimately protecting local water resources. “There is a real need to capture this runoff before it pollutes our valuable natural resources,” said Aldis Kurmis, the district's cost share specialist. “We’re hoping these new grants will be an incentive for people to take action right in their own backyard.” In a natural environment, …