Lake Minnetonka Conservation District

Projects & Initiatives


Projects & Initiatives

The following is a highlight of certain projects and initiatives aimed to preserve Lake Minnetonka and promote the health and safety of all those people who enjoy the lake. In many cases a project outline is available that provides an overview of the project or initiative. Please contact our office if you would like to be added to an email Listserv to receive updates.

De-icing Regulations & Policy Review

A workgroup was created to review de-icing ordinances, to consider technology and best practices, past inspection experiences, and general clarification of certain aspects of the code language. The members are Director Rich Anderson, Director Bill Cook, and Director Gary Hughes. More information about the project can be found in the De-icing Review Project Outline HERE. The draft code amendment can be viewed HERE.

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 wanted to gain additional feedback and review processes and procedures for High Water Declaration. Because of the impact to a variety of stakeholders, it is important to have an efficient and effective process and procedures. More details can be found in the High Water Declaration Review Project Outline HERE.

Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & AIS Master Plan

The AIS picture has been changing as new threats appear in Minnesota waters 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 effectively address the current and future health of Lake Minnetonka is critical. More project information is available HERE. View the Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & AIS Master Plan June 2020 HERE.