RPBCWD Board of Managers: (from left) Richard Chadwick, Jill Crafton, Perry Forster, Leslie Yetka, Mary Bisek
The Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District was established by order of the Minnesota Water Resources Board on July 31, 1969, pursuant to the Watershed Act [Laws 1955 c799 s1]. Originally known as the Riley-Purgatory Creek Watershed District, it became the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District in August 1984. Its function is to protect and manage the water resources within the district, which is approximately 50 square miles in surface area and encompasses the land area tributary to Riley Creek, Purgatory Creek, and Bluff Creek in Hennepin and Carver counties. Portions of the cities of Bloomington, Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Shorewood are located in the district.
The activities of the district are managed by the five member Board of Managers; four members appointed by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and one member by the Carver County Board of Commissioners. Managers serve three-year terms and must live within the legal boundaries of the district.
We believe restoring and protecting our waters is the highest priority, while respecting our local history and preserving our water heritage. To achieve this goal, we have a "One Water" management strategy for long term restoration and preservation of our connected waters through system-wide, positive solutions. We seek to:
To have waters dominated by native fish and plant populations.
To delist impaired waters in the district and improve water clarity.
To engage and educate residents and scientists in adaptive management activities.
To support regulations necessary to sustain water quality.
The Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board of Managers adopted on July 2, 2014 and adopted as amended on May 3, 2017 their Governance Manual. The manual establishes clear written policies, procedures and instructions for the management of District activities and accounts, complete record keeping and records management, and separation of duties among District staff and contractors.
Water follows a natural path, called a watershed. Watershed districts are local governments based on natural watersheds and are charged with protecting and improving our communities’ water resources.
Watershed districts are led by district residents and water professionals who focus on managing local water resources.
Watershed districts partner with local communities to identify top priorities and plan, implement, and manage efforts which protect and improve local water resources.
Watershed districts educate and engage residents in protecting and improving local water resources.
The efforts watershed districts undertake benefit the quality and quantity of water in local, as well as downstream watersheds and communities.
The RPBCWD’s vision for the future is to achieve sustainable uses appropriate for each water body of the District.
The RPBCWD works with a multitude of partners from citizens living and working in the District to State Agencies. Please find below a limited list of entities we have worked/partnered with:
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a community-led volunteer advisory group that supports the watershed district in its mission to preserve, manage, and restore water resources. CAC memebers meet on a regular basis, provide suggestions to district staff and the Board of managers, assist in developing programs and activities, and volunteer for projects and activities.
Back Row: Paul Bulger, Anne Deuring, Judy McClellan, Jim Boettcher, Dorothy Pedersen (Chair), Pete Iversen
Front Row: David Ziegler, Joan Palmquist (Recorder), Matt Lindon
[not picture: Sharon McCotter (Vice Chair), Dennis Yockers]
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek
18681 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Dr. Claire Bleser
Project & Permit Manager
Water Resources Coordinator
Water Resources Technician
Four Managers are appointed by the Hennepin County Commissioners and one Manager is appointed by the Carver County Commissioners. Each serves a three-year term.
Leslie Yetka, Minnetonka
Term Expires: July 2019
Mary Bisek, Minnetonka
Term Expire: July 2017
Perry Forster, Eden Prairie
Term Expires: July 2017
Jill Crafton, Bloomington
Term Expires: July 2018
Richard Chadwick, Chanhassen
Term Expires: July 2018
Scott Sobiech (Barr Engineering)
4700 West 77th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55345
Smith Partners PLLP
400 Second Avenue South, Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN 55401