You’re Invited to Watershed Community Conversations

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) is updating its Watershed Management Plan (Plan). The Plan outlines how CRWD will pursue its mission to protect, manage, and improve water resources of the District over the next 10 years.

Why does the plan matter? Our 2010 Watershed Management Plan identified goals that guided CRWD’s projects in the past 10 years, including Lake McCarrons Shoreline Restoration in Roseville, and Allianz Field, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Central High School in Saint Paul.

As part of the Plan update we are seeking input from residents at community conversation events  to learn more about the needs and interests of your community, desired improvements and opportunities to work together to better manage rainwater runoff and achieve cleaner waters.

Anna Eleria, CRWD’s Planning, Projects & Grants Division Manager, introduces the community conversation at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center on May 13, 2019.

At our community conversations events we are asking:
• What are the valuable resources in your community?
• How does the health (quality) of water resources and natural areas affect you?
• What parts of your community and the environment would you like to see improved?

To date some of the input shared includes:
» We value the river corridor, and the proximity of our urban environment to the natural world.
» Climate change will impact our urban trees. The more we can retain water in the soil, the better.
» Implement more projects to connect people to natural spaces
» We are interested in water reuse/grey water reuse.
» Fewer lawns, less algae, less invasive species.
» One of our valued resources is people who are willing to work for change.  We value “willing civic partnerships.”

Everyone has a unique perspective and your voice is important! Your input will help guide development of the Plan and guide CRWD’s work through 2030.

Please RSVP to join us at one of the upcoming community conversations on Thursday, May 30 or Tuesday, June 4. The events are free but RSVPs are appreciated. Please use the links below.

We’ll have delicious food from local restaurant Boca Chica. Along with beverages and desserts.

Children are welcome! There will fun activities for kids.

We’re giving away four Bell Museum tickets at every community conversation event. The evening closes with a drawing for the tickets and anyone who participated is eligible to win.

Can’t attend?

Provide input HERE with our online survey (closes June 30, 2019)