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  • Term expires July 2026
  • Appointed by Hennepin County
  • Resident of Shorewood

Dorothy Pedersen


How long have you lived in the watershed district?

Since 2009.

Why were you interested in becoming a manager? 

Protecting the environment is an integral part of my life, starting in 1974 as a member of the Youth Conservation Core, continuing through the Master Gardener and Master Water Steward programs, and much more. I felt Board Management is a direct opportunity to promote change to protect our water resources.

What is your background?

I own a landscape design/build firm, with degrees in business and design; have served as President of the Ramsey County Master Gardener program, past president of the RPBCWD Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and various positions for the Association of Professional Landscape Design.  My prior career was in Human Resources, which has been helpful to the District. 

What is your favorite outdoor spot in the District?

Seeing the daily views of Silver Lake as it changes through the seasons; walking the road between Silver Lake and Lotus Lake almost daily, and Purgatory Park Preserve area. It’s awesome to find peace and energy in nature!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? 

Gardening, and taking care of my pond, birding, hiking and canoeing. 

What District work are you most proud of? 

I’m very excited about the restoration of the wetland area in Chanhassen, the design and implementation of the CRAS, and the removal of the road separating Duck Lake.  Our staff is great! 

In addition to protecting/enhancing water resources, what are you most passionate about? 

Promoting sustainable environmental practices, like recycling, composting, etc. Travel—especially to see nature; and teaching and seeing my grandsons’ collection of frogs, insects and various other living things!