The District’s Water Management Plan will guide our work for the next 10 years.
WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (NMCWD) Management Plan (Plan) sets the vision, guidelines, and proposed tasks for managing surface water within the boundaries of the NMCWD. The Plan is prepared in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 103D and 103B.231, and Minnesota Rules 8410.
Water Management Plan Update (2017-2027 Plan)
The District must update its water management plan every ten years. The planning process included input from the District’s Technical and Citizen Advisory Committees, as well as watershed residents. The updated Plan will set the District’s goals and priorities that will define our programs and capital projects to protect and enhance our water resources over the next ten years (2017-2027). Previous plans were published in 1961, 1973, 1996, and 2007.
Draft 2017 Nine Mile Creek Water Management Plan
A draft version of the Fifth Generation Nine Mile Creek Water Management Plan is available as a PDF with the appendices as a separate document. The current draft includes changes made in response to comments received during the 60-day public comment period, which closed on 5/15/2017.
Response to Comments
The District has compiled and responded to comments received during the 60-day public comment period that closed on 5/15/2017.
Compiled comments and District responses: 60 Day Comment Period Response Table (PDF)
The District held a public hearing to receive comments and consider its ten year Water Management Plan on July 19, 2017 at 6:45 PM at the District’s office at 12800 Gerard Dr, Eden Prairie.
90 Day Review/Board of Soil and Water Resources Approval
Following the public hearing on July 19, 2017, the District submitted the final Plan to the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) for their final (90 day) review and approval. BWSR approved the District’s Fifth Generation Water Management Plan on September 27, 2017. The District Board plans to formally adopt the Fifth Generation Water Management Plan at its October 18, 2017 regular board meeting.
The District held regular meetings with its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of agency representatives including state, regional, county, and city staff members, to gather recommendations, input, and insight on the plan.
The District collected feedback from the community through an online Community Input Survey. The survey received 719 responses, and the information was incorporated by the NMCWD Board of Managers as they prioritized issues to be addressed in the Plan.
The District also hosted a community input forum on May 4, 2016 to solicit feedback regarding citizen issues and concerns.
The District Board of Managers had monthly meetings to review stakeholder input and to work on the development of the next generation plan.
About the 2007-2017 Plan
Required by law, the District’s current Plan was adopted in March 2007, with the next generation plan due December 31, 2017. BWSR (The Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources) granted the District a plan extension on January 25, 2017. The Plan is prepared in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 103D and 103B.231, and Minnesota Rules 8410.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the water management plan or planning process, please contact the District’s Administrator, Randy Anhorn, at 952-835-2078.