What is a watershed?
A watershed is all the land area that drains to a specific water resource, such as a lake or stream. Watersheds range in size from a few square miles to an entire continent. As rainwater and melting snow run downhill, they carry sediment and other materials into streams, lakes, and groundwater. Watersheds provide water for drinking, irrigation, streams, and activities such as fishing, swimming, and boating. In addition, watersheds also provide food and shelter for wildlife.
What is a Watershed District?
A Watershed District is a local unit of government authorized under Minnesota statute 103D, whose goal is to conserve natural resources through land use planning, flood control, and other conservation projects. Watershed Districts, including the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, roughly follow the boundary of the natural watershed they are managing, rather than typical political boundaries.
What does a watershed district do? (Adapted from: Doug Thomas, BWSR)
The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is governed by a board of managers appointed by the Hennepin County Commissioners. Managers serve three year staggered terms.
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