Protecting the Lake, One Project at a Time
Accessing and enjoying an abundant and diverse natural resource like Lake Minnetonka comes with a great responsibility. The LMCD directs, supports and participates in many projects and initiatives designed to protect and preserve different aspects of the lake.
De-icing Regulations & Policy Review
We formed a workgroup to review de-icing ordinances, consider technology and best practices, past inspection experiences, and provide general clarification of certain aspects of the code language. Members include: Director Rich Anderson, Director Bill Cook, and Director Gary Hughes, and staff.
High-Water Declaration Policy Review
Regulations are in place addressing high lake water levels to protect people from injuries, property from damage, and the lake and its shoreline.
Based on experiences and feedback from the high-water declaration in 2019, LMCD staff and HCSO Water Patrol launched a project to gain additional feedback and review processes and procedures for High-Water Declaration. We believe it is important to have efficient and effective processes and procedures since high water has the potential to impact a variety of stakeholders.
Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & AIS Master Plan
The AIS picture has been changing as new threats appear in waters in Minnesota and across the nation. All treatment methods have come under scrutiny. Further, the most recent identification of starry stonewort in nearby Medicine Lake underscores the importance of minimizing the risk of exposure for Lake Minnetonka.
Stakeholder participation and support of other agencies, cities, businesses, neighborhood groups, and interested parties is part of the process to help facilitate a successful project. With the changing landscape of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and ecology of Lake Minnetonka, having a holistic and scientific approach to address the current and future health of Lake Minnetonka effectively is critical.