Monday, July 15, 2013

Citizen Input Sought at District Public Meetings

Gervais Creek is just one of the gorgeous resources we work to protect.
The Watershed District is beginning the process of updating its Management Plan which happens every ten years. This is an opportune time to involve the community in providing input and insight on local issues that affect our local lakes and streams.  This revision effort will involve 3 public meetings this fall  at several locations around the District that are intended to:

·         provide a forum for citizens to ask questions and voice any concerns about local  
 lakes and streams and the watershed as a whole

·         inform citizens about the trends and history of the lakes in their area

·         help citizens learn more the issues that create the conditions they observe in lakes/streams and solicit input about potential District plans to improve them

·         allow for discussion of broader issues that will be addressed in the plan update

Friend and foe.  Native swamp milkweed grows alongside highly invasive
reed canary grass on Lake Owasso in Shoreview. 

Here are a few possible topics that could be up for discussion – water quality or flooding concerns, watershed redevelopment, impacts of climate change, groundwater concerns, algae, fisheries and carp. Any and all concerns will be recorded.  Each meeting will provide some time to get acquainted, refreshments, a short overview of lake histories and their general conditions and include facilitated small group discussions about issues/concerns.

We invite you to attend a meeting for the area and lakes/creeks that interest you most.

Maplewood, Little Canada, St. Paul, North St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights and Gem Lake  (Phalen, Round, Keller, Gervais, Kohlman, Willow, Wakefield and Beaver Lakes)Tuesday, September 17, 6-8:30 PM, Maplewood Community Center (Room C), 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood

Woodbury, Landfall, Oakdale, Maplewood, St. Paul (Carver, Battle Creek and Tanners Lakes, Battle Creek, Fish Creek) September 26, 6-8:30 PM, Woodbury City Hall (Ash/Birch conference rooms), 8301 Valley Creek Road, Woodbury

Roseville and Shoreview (Lake Owasso and Wabasso, Snail, Emily and Bennett Lakes)
Thursday, October 3, 6:00-8:30 PM, Shoreview Community Center, Snail Lake Common Room, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview

We encourage anyone to attend who would like to participate in the dialogue or be an “ambassador”  for lakes and creeks in their community. Please contact Sage Passi at 651-792-7958 or sage.passi[at] for more information.
Lake Wabasso
We hope to see you there!

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