The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) is a regional governmental agency created under State enabling legislation in 1967. The District is governed by a Board of Directors composed of one member appointed by the City Councils of the 14 cities surrounding Lake Minnetonka. Learn about the LMCD’s mission, vision, core values and current strategic plan HERE.
The original responsibilities of the LMCD were to regulate the use of the Lake and to develop a comprehensive plan to eliminate pollution. The LMCD responsibilities have evolved over the years as follows:
- Early on, a key issue was red algae blooms on Lake Minnetonka caused by untreated regional sanitary sewage. This was resolved in the 1970’s when sanitary sewers were installed.
- In the early 1970’s, the concept of authorized dock use area rules was created. This established reasonable riparian rights for the placement of dock structures and watercraft. The rules have been amended over the years.
- In the early 1970’s, the first Quiet Water Areas (QWA) were established on Lake Minnetonka. Each QWA was established for public safety and/or environmental concerns.
- Boating and winter use regulations specifically for Lake Minnetonka were adopted by the LMCD and enforced by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol.
- In 1978, regulations for boat density were adopted, which included the current 1:50’ General Rule. Other regulations have been subsequently adopted.
- In 1987, Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) was discovered on Lake Minnetonka. In response to this, the LMCD purchased mechanical harvesting equipment and, have since, harvested EWM for navigational purposes.
- Efforts for the prevention of the introduction of new aquatic invasive species (AIS).
- The LMCD adopted regulations for the licensing and permitting of a number of activities on Lake Minnetonka. These include:
- Multiple Docks (approved, legal storage of five or more restricted watercraft)
- District Mooring Areas (sailboat buoy fields)
- Charter Boats (including liquor licenses)
- Permanent Docks (Residential)
- Special Events (currently delegated to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol)
- Winter De-icing