Thanks for weighing in on water issues

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March 29, 2013
By: Jim Calkins
Jim Calkins

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s (MCWD) “Weigh In On Clean Water” public outreach effort is coming to a close and we would like to thank everyone who participated. We value your input and your support of the District’s efforts to protect our water resources.

We launched this comprehensive, 3-month effort in January to seek feedback and guidance from residents and community leaders about clean water issues and the District’s role in protecting the watershed’s resources. To this end, we hosted several open houses across the watershed for District residents and a gathering of District mayors, city council members, and senior administrative staff. We also developed an informal, online survey as an additional channel to gather input from as many people as possible.

We received valuable feedback through all three formats, including strong support for many initiatives and some criticisms. The next step will be to report what we’ve learned through this process back to the community. We’ll then pair the information gathered from the community meetings and the online survey with scientific research and other program-specific data to guide our future decisions and activities.

The input we received will not only provide the MCWD with a better understanding of the issues the communities in the watershed are facing, but will also help us focus our efforts to manage and protect our water resources more effectively. The information you shared with us will be vital to the District as we prepare for the upcoming open-water season and for strategic planning purposes as we begin working on our next-generation, 10-year Comprehensive Water Management Plan.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this effort. And please keep in touch; we are always interested in hearing what you have to say about the District’s efforts and how we can do our job better. 

Jim Calkins
President, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers