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Watershed District Celebrating 50th Anniversary
Chanhassen, MN
02/13/2019 01:04 PM

The watershed district invites you to come explore with us as we celebrate 50 years of caring for clean water! In 1968, a group of seventy residents from 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.

Over the past fifty years, a lot has changed, including the addition of Bluff Creek to the watershed district’s boundaries and name in 1984. However, the ethic of those seventy residents to protect, manage, and restore has remained a driving force in all the watershed district does. This work takes many different forms: collecting data on the health of local lakes, creeks, and wetlands; prioritizing and implementing projects; regulating activities to prevent harm to water resources; and engaging and empowering the public to take part in watershed protection. It is a big task that can only be accomplished through partnership and collaboration. As a local government organization, the RPBCWD is funded through property taxes: this truly is your watershed.

In 2019, RPBCWD will be hosting a series of activities and events to celebrate our community and help members get out and explore the lakes, creeks, and wetlands of their watershed.

Activities throughout the year will include self-guided walks, boating, a bike ride, and a community gathering. Details can be found on the watershed district’s website:

We hope you’ll come explore with us!

Maya Swope
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