11 Hennepin watersheds: Is that 8 too many?

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2012 - 9:23 PM

County commissioner proposes merger of metrowide districts.

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djs185Nov. 3, 12 4:58 AM

I think 2 is even too many. After living on Minnetonka for almost 20 years, the water quality just keeps geting worse.They must be spending the funds on a lot of donuts!!!

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learnedhelenNov. 3, 12 8:13 AM

Water quality of our lakes is directly attributable to the behavior of the people who use and live on them, along with the multiple complicated impacts from adjacent private development, road run-off, invasive species, upstream issues, and many many other things. You should attend a Minnehaha Creek Watershed District meeting sometime--they are open to the public, of course. You might be surprised to find out just how many complex issues those folks are grappling with.

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elmore1Nov. 3, 12 8:34 AM

This is a good start in untangling the various federal, state, independent and local groups that all have "water quality" somehow linked to their mission statements. Recently AIS has become a lightening rod for all of the various water issues. Our lake formed a self taxing "Lake Improvement District" several years ago to deal with our issues. The DNR has been helpful to partner with but they don't have funding or resources to work with each lake. The U study should look at all of the organizations and suggest how they can collectively work together. The solution should be a vision, metrics and clear roles for fed, state and local groups. I'm sure that there are opportunities for optimization.

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oggasoggaNov. 3, 12 9:14 AM

road run off, sand and salt

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chuckdancerNov. 3, 12 9:31 AM

..."There are examples of watershed districts and cities that are at great odds with each other," he said. "And that's in no one's interest."...******************************* ******************************************** So I guess if you cann't get along, the best solution is to wipe out the other guys and appoint yourself to the job.

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sisutooNov. 3, 12 9:50 AM

Don't trust this blanket approach. We need dissonance to ensure that local areas are watched properly.

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MellersNov. 3, 12 9:59 AM

Has anyone asked what the watersheds think? Even if this commissioner can make the decision without their approval, doesn't it make sense to get even a little buy in, a little "this is how we're going to work together on shared goals in the future"? Otherwise it looks like bigger government is steamrolling littler government, no matter if there are potential good outcomes.

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