NMCWD Response to COVID-19

Updated July 28, 2020

District Office Closed to the Public

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (NMCWD) is following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control to slow the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and help protect the health and safety of its staff, partners and the community.  NMCWD’s office is closed to the public until further notice. Staff are working remotely and are available via phone and email. If you need to contact a staff member directly, you can find their contact information here: ninemilecreek.org/about-us/our-staff/.

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene. District staff will be following the recommendations in this order, and direct our consultants and contractors to do the same.

All NMCWD Board and committee meetings will be held electronically until further notice. Details about how to join remotely will be posted in each event page.

Board President’s Declaration Regarding Necessity for Electronic Meetings

Read the NMCWD updated COVID 19 Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Supporting Documents

The Preparedness Plan above was adopted on June 24, 2020, and updated on July 28, 2020. It may continue to be revised as conditions change. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these times.

Submit permit information electronically

NMCWD permitting staff will continue to receive and process permits normally, and continue to provide a high level of responsive customer service.

Permitting materials should be submitted electronically while the NMCWD office is closed to the public. Permit fees and the original signed application should be mailed to the District (Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Attn: Lauren Foley, 12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55346).

Contact Lauren Foley, Permit & Water Resources Coordinator, at 952-204-9690 or lfoley@ninemilecreek.org to submit materials and for general questions or inquiries regarding permits.

Critical sector work

NMCWD has found certain work to fall within one more “critical sector” categories described by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ Emergency Executive Order 20-33 and associated guidance. The NMCWD Board of Managers has directed that such work must be conducted with the minimum possible number of workers necessary for safe and effective completion of the work, and in a manner that conforms to Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Standards and the Minnesota Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines related to COVID-19, including standards for social distancing and hygiene.

Board Resolution 2020-03: Critical Sector Work

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Critical Sector Work Schedule_Update

Education program updates

The District will not be hosting in person events for the rest of the summer. We will however, host virtual events, webinars, and videos using Microsoft Teams. This platform offers call-in options as well for those without reliable internet access. Webinars will be close captioned and available for attendees after the presentation.

We thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time of change. Please check the upcoming events page or this post for updates. Contact Education Coordinator Gael Zembal for more details on programming: 952-204-9691 or gzembal@ninemilecreek.org.

General Inquiries

For all general inquires, please contact the District’s Administrator, Randy Anhorn, at 952-835-2078 or ranhorn@ninemilecreek.org.

More info on COVID-19

Here is information on the newest Stay Safe Minnesota order from the Minnesota Governor’s office.

Check out the CDC’s website Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities to learn more about how we can all help contain this virus. Most important is that if you have a fever or other cold symptoms, have traveled to any area currently experiencing ongoing community transmission in the last 14 days, or may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.