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As we celebrate 50 years of caring for clean water

In 1968, a group of seventy residents of Bloomington, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Shorewood came together with a shared passion. They wanted to protect the communities they loved from flooding, manage water quality, and restore natural areas. This group of stewards petitioned the state Board of Water and Soil Resources and a year later on July 31, 1969 the Riley Purgatory Creek Watershed District was formed.

In 2019, the watershed invites you to come explore with us as we celebrate 50 years of caring for clean water!


An annotated guide to watershed history

Explore the map below to learn about how the watershed district has evolved through time.

Traveling community art project

A series of four panels celebrating water resources were created by a local artist. The panels will be traveling to events throughout the year. Attendees will have the opportunity to paint these, creating a community art piece. Check back as the panels are revealed!

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Events

Snowshoeing (Feb 2)

Join us at Lake Ann, where we'll be hosting free snowshoing as a part of the City of Chanhassen's February Festival. more info...

Hiking (first Fridays starting March)

The first Friday of every month, take a lunch-time hike with watershed staff. Busy? Complete the hikes on your own! more info... 

Boating (June 22)

Our friends at Let's Go Fishing were nice enough to invite us all out for a boat ride on Lake Riley.  Details to come!

Celebrating (Aug 28)

What's a birthday without a little celebration? Gather with us for food, activities and more. Details to come!

Cycling (Sep 28)

Take your bike on a 50 mile ride to celebrate a half-century of watershed history (don't worry, there will be shorter distances too) Details to come!

 

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We want to see the watershed through your eyes. Submit your photos throughout 2019. more info...

 

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Adventure, observe, take notes! Explore your watershed and complete the Jr Watershed Explorer workbook to earn a badge. Download the workbook, or stop into our office to pick up a copy. more info...