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Have your voice heard

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Wanted: Your Thoughts & Ideas for Lakes & Streams in your Community
Watershed District seeks community input on the health of water resources

Is there a lake, creek, or wetland in your community that you love and want to take care of? How about a water body that you are worried about? Do you fight with erosion or flooding at your home? The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District wants to hear from you.

The Watershed District is a local organization with a mission of protecting, managing, and restoring the waters in our community. The district’s actions are guided by a board of managers, regular residents committed to improving the health of our lakes, creeks, wetlands, and groundwater. The District is made up of three separate watersheds - Bluff Creek, Purgatory Creek, and Riley Creek – and includes over a dozen lakes like Ann, Duck, Lotus, and Susan. The district is starting to update its water management plan, a document that guides its actions over 10 years. And we want to know what you think.  Residents and businesses can share their thoughts and concerns through a quick and simple online survey at www.rpbcwd.org, and at three community meetings in May, one for each watershed.

“The foundation of a great plan is great information” says Board President Perry Forster. “And so we need to hear from you, the District’s residents, about what is important to you. Take the survey, come to a meeting, or both. Help us craft a plan to protect the water resources you care about.” Jim Boettcher, a resident and member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, cares about Lake Susan in Chanhassen. “I worry about the pollution from rainwater runoff, phosphorous and sediment, that enters Lake Susan. I think pollution like this is the biggest concern facing our lakes and streams in the watershed district.” What do you think is the biggest concern our water resources face? Have your voice heard by taking the survey and attending one of the public meetings.

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District covers parts of Bloomington, Chanhassen, Chaska, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Shorewood. To see a map of the District, find out more about the watershed planning process, answer survey questions, or find out how you can get involved, visit the District website: www.rpbcwd.org. You can also contact the District Ddministrator, Claire Bleser, at cbleser@rpbcwd.org or 952-607-6512.

Watershed meeting details:

  • Bluff Creek Watershed – May 11, 6:30-8:30 pm. Chanhassen Recreation Center. 2310 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen MN 55317
  • Riley Creek Watershed – May 18, 6-8 pm. Chanhassen Public Library. 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317
  • Purgatory Creek Watershed – May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. Eden Prairie Community Center. 16700 Valley View Road. Eden Prairie, MN 55346
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