About the Watershed
WHO ARE WE?
The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District is a local government with boundaries based on the watersheds of Riley, Purgatory, and Bluff Creeks. It was established on July 31, 1969, by the Minnesota Water Resources Board acting under the authority of the Watershed Law. (Learn more about the organizational structure)
- MANAGERS: Five managers govern the watershed district. Four managers are appointed by the Hennepin County Commissioners and one by the Carver County Commissioners. Each manager serves a three-year term. Governance manual & bylaws.
- STAFF: The watershed employs six full-time staff members, and contracts with consultants for engineering and legal services.
- TAC & CAC: The managers are advised by a technical advisory committee (TAC) and a citizens advisory committee (CAC). The CAC is made up of community volunteers. Read more about the CAC and find meeting minutes here.
WHAT DO WE DO?
When it rains, water that falls on the landscape follows a natural path to a waterbody. This area of land is the body’s watershed. Anything that happens within a watershed impacts the lake, creek, wetland, pond, or aquifer it feeds. Watershed districts are charged with protecting and improving our communities’ water resources. Districts partner with local communities to identify top priorities and plan, implement, and manage efforts, which protect and improve local water resources. They educate and engage residents, and the work they undertake benefits the quality and quantity of water in local, as well as downstream watersheds and communities.
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN ("10-YEAR PLAN")
The Watershed Management Plan is a document that guides all of the watershed district’s actions over a decade. It highlights how the district will monitor local water quality, the projects it will do, and how it will engage its community.
Dr. Claire Bleser
Watershed Planning Manager
Communications and Project Manager
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Water Resources Coordinator
Water Resources Technician
Dick Ward, Eden Prairie (President)
Term Expires: July 2020
Dorothy Pedersen, Shorewood (Vice-president)
Term Expire: July 2020
Jill Crafton, Bloomington (Treasurer)
Term Expires: July 2021
Larry Koch, Chanhassen
Term Expires: July 2021
David Ziegler, Eden Prairie
Term Expires: July 2019
Scott Sobiech (Barr Engineering)
4700 West 77th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55345
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