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.
Wednesday, February 20, 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 suburbs.
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, December 17, 2012
The city is hosting an open house Tuesday, followed by a presentation by the architecture firm during the City Council meeting.
The City of Hopkins invites residents to check out a consultant’s final plan for Cottageville Park. The Cuningham Group will talk with residents about its plan for the Blake Road park at an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. It will then present the plan to the City Council following the open house. Hopkins selected the Minneapolis-based firm in June to come up with options for the park, which it previously presented at a council work session. New park features, such as a green roof pavilion and remade landscape, could push the redesign cost up to $5.8 million. Click on the PDF to the right of this article to read about the firm's plan for the park. It’s unlikely the city will be able to afford all the improvements in …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The city was recognized as an ‘outstanding partner’ because of its collaboration with the watershed district.
Hopkins was among the residents and organizations honored at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s annual “Watershed Heroes” awards celebration Thursday. The awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to clean water efforts. The watershed district honored Hopkins with its Outstanding Partner Award because of the city’s collaboration on efforts to restore Minnehaha Creek at Blake Road. Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have been working together to improve the Cottageville Park area. The watershed district bought properties surrounding the park and demolished the buildings. The city is paying for the design and construction of the expanded parkland. The extra green space should improve water quality, …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The city will be recognized as an ‘outstanding partner’ because of its collaboration with the watershed district.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is recognizing Hopkins’ partnership with the district on water quality efforts. On Thursday, the city will be among the residents and organizations honored at the district’s annual “Watershed Heroes” awards celebration. The awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to clean water efforts. The watershed district will honor Hopkins with its Outstanding Partner Award because of the entity’s collaboration on efforts to restore Minnehaha Creek at Blake Road. Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have been working together to improve the Cottageville Park area. The watershed district bought properties surrounding the park and demolished the buildings. The city is paying for…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Coalition of Minnehaha Creek Waters says state has not done an adequate job in controlling the spread of invasive species and that drastic measures are necessary.
- Jay Corn
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s bi-monthly workshops typically draw a crowd that can be counted on one hand, but so many were expected at Thursday’s meeting that a venue change was needed to accommodate the anticipated turnout. The gallery still spilled into the lobby of the Freshwater Society’s headquarters in Orono. Why the dramatic spike in attendance? To hear, discuss and react to a sweeping invasive species control plan being presented by the Coalition of Minnehaha Creek Waters, a newly formed consortium of lake and homeowner associations, which could impact lakes throughout western Hennepin County. Dick Osgood and Joe Shneider presented what they called a “big, bold aquatic invasive species prevention plan” that includes one…
While many of the state’s fishermen oppose the plan being proposed by the Coalition of Minnehaha Creek Waters, area lake and homeowner associations vehemently support it. Check back soon for that story.
Fishermen representing groups from throughout the Metro area were in Orono Thursday night to voice staunch opposition to a controversial aquatic invasive species (AIS) control plan that includes placing electronic gates at public boat accesses. Shawn Kellet lives in Excelsior and was representing the Minnesota Muskie and Pike Alliance at Thursday’s meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Kellet said waterfowl, docks and small craft such as jet skis were just as responsible as boats for the spread of AIS and said gating public access points “perpetuated the ‘get off my lake’ mentality.” Kellet went on to say that milfoil growth is the lowest he’s seen in years due to a series of successful control initiatives and said nature was …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The city is hosting a planning event Thursday.
Hopkins wants your input into what a new Cottageville Park should look like. The city will host a planning session from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday where residents will be able to share their ideas for the park. The drop-in event takes place at 43 Hoops Basketball Academy. Refreshments will be provided, and youth of all ages are welcome to join. Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the free Hopkins Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Editor James Warden's Pinterest boards. Do you own a local business? Click here to learn about five easy ways your business can use Patch.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The awards honor people and organizations who help promote clean water.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is accepting nominations for its 2012 Watershed Heroes Awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations for their work on behalf of providing and protecting clean water in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed. This year’s Watershed Heroes Awards ceremony is planned for Thursday, October 18th at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior. “The Watershed Heroes Awards demonstrate that individuals and organizations alike can have a positive impact on the environment,” said MCWD Administrator Eric Evenson. “It’s important to recognize these efforts and inspire others to improve and protect water quality.” The…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Planner James Wisker urged Hopkins to include the district Cold Storage site planning.
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District officials say they don’t want Hopkins to consider them just another developer as the two groups work to develop the Cold Storage site on Blake Road. “We’re not developers, and we don’t want to be treated like developers,” watershed district Planner James Wisker said at a meeting Tuesday with members of the City Council, Zoning and Planning Commission, Park Board, watershed district and city staff. A typical project brought forward by a private owner would require approval from both Hopkins and the watershed district—each with its own regulatory authority over the project. In those cases, crosstalk between the bodies isn’t always common. But with the Cold Storage site, the owner is one of those regulatory …