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Lake Minnetonka Zero Waste Challenge

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) and partnering agencies are challenging all Lake Users to be proactive, work together, and leave behind Zero Waste when recreating on this great resource. Whether your Lake Minnetonka experience provides for a one day trip or multiple outings, it is vital that this great resource be preserved.  As you prepare for your Zero Waste challenge, please consider the following:

WHAT Would I Preserve
14,043 acres of surface use area and 125 miles of shoreline
An abundance of MN aquatic wildlife (loons, cormorants, herons, ducks, etc.)
Nationally recognized fishing
Water quality

HOW to Challenge Yourself
Plan your outing prior to arriving
Bring trash bags and supplies so that litter never touches the water
Know where the public restrooms are located

WHY Should I Challenge Myself
To preserve Lake Minnetonka
It’s the Law (Misdemeanor; up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail)
Aluminum can’s decomposing rate (Est. 80 – 200 Years)
Glass bottle’s decomposing rate (Est. 1 Million Years)
Exposure to fecal matter can cause illness
To prevent injury to aquatic wildlife

SHOW Your Pride By
Contacting the Lake Minnetonka Association at to 1) volunteer in coordinated cleanup efforts and 2) to send a picture showing your efforts in preserving this great resource.

Questions can be directed to LMCD Executive Director Greg Nybeck at or 952-745-0789.

Big Island resident collecting trash from Lake Minnetonka
Bonnie - OPM


Partnering Agencies

  • Lake Minnetonka Association
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Three Rivers Park District
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Minnetonka Power Squadron

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Posted on: August 28th, 2015