Are you interested in water quality and the natural environment?

The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (“LMRWD”) is looking for a person to represent Carver County on its Board of Managers. The Watershed District is composed primarily of the area between the North and South bluffs of the Minnesota River, extending from the confluence of the Minnesota River with the Mississippi River at Pike Island, Fort Snelling upstream to and including the City of Carver. In Carver County, this includes portions of the cities of Chanhassen, Chaska and Carver. (Read more...) Managers must live within the boundaries of the District and are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners.

LMRWD City of CarverManagers preside over the business of the District, including setting budgets, conserving the unique natural resources of the District, preserving and protecting surface water and other duties identified in State Law. Additionally, the Board is charged with improving recreational and commercial navigation on the Minnesota River. Managers are responsible for promoting district activities and maintaining cooperative working relationships with local, state and federal agencies and organizations.

Managers receive compensation for meetings and for performance of other necessary duties of $75 a day. Managers are entitled to reimbursement for traveling and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

The appointment is to fill the remainder of a three year term, which commenced March 1, 2014 and will expire February 28, 2018. Because of the nature of the work of the Board, it is desirable that applicants have a background in water conservation, law, engineering, environment, administration, planning, or experience with issues related to surface water drainage.

Regular meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers of the Chaska City Hall, One City Hall Plaza, Chaska, MN 55318. Special meetings may be held from time to time, as well as field trips to view project sites, etc. Managers are required to give approximately 6-8 hours each month.

Interested parties should contact Carver County to apply. Persons interested in being appointed to serve as Manager should contact Diane Wabbe by email at dwabbe@co.carver.mn.us.

About the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District Established in March 1960, “to carry out conservation of Natural Resources through land utilization, flood control and other needs upon sound scientific principles for the protection of the public health and welfare and the provident use of natural resources”. The Watershed District is composed primarily of the area between the North and South bluffs of the Minnesota River, extending from the confluence of the Mississippi at Pike Island, Fort Snelling, upstream to and including the City of Carver.

The LMRWD is governed by a Board of Managers, which is composed of five Managers representing Carver, Dakota, Hennepin and Scott Counties. Carver County is entitled to two Managers. To learn more about the LMRWD, please visit lowermn.com.