Nine Mile Creek Watershed District has been protecting and managing water resources since 1959.


The District’s story is shaped as much by the flow of the creek and the shape of the land as it is by the strong leadership and management decisions made by the Board of Managers, staff, consultants, and partners. The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District was the fourth watershed District formed in the state under the Minnesota Watershed Act, and it has been a leader in watershed management ever since.

Did You Know? Nine Mile Creek is not nine miles long. It got its name from the distance measured southwest from Fort Snelling to where the Old Shakopee Trail crossed the creek in what is now Bloomington.


It is the mission of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District to manage, protect and enhance water resources in the Nine Mile Creek watershed in collaboration with our partners and community stakeholders, always using sound science to guide decision-making.


As the District got its start in 1959, it was initially charged with addressing water quantity and flood control issues. From there, the District began to address concerns surrounding urban development pressures as they increased in the ‘70s. This included issues surrounding development in the floodplain and maintenance of open space corridors. The 1990s saw the first project focusing on protecting and restoring the creek by the District—the Lower Valley Creek Stabilization Project in Bloomington. Water quality also became a top concern for the District. Today, our watershed addresses a variety of important issues to protect our water resources.

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Normandale Lake SkylinePhotography by: Steve Schmalowsky, 2015

Normandale Lake

Normandale Lake was created in 1979 as a flood control structure by the District and the City of Bloomington. The lake is technically a wetland. Since its creation, it has prevented significant flooding in Bloomington.


The NMCWD has had a regulatory and permit program since 1973. The NMCWD established a permitting program to protect the natural resources of the NMCWD by establishing minimum requirements for the grading, water quality, water quantity, floodplain protection, and wetlands.

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Want to learn more about the rich history of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and the cities that are within its boundaries? The District published a book by Deborah Morse-Kahn in 2009 titled The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District: Preserving Heritage and Environment. Free copies are available at the District office.

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