Deephaven, Minn. – The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is now accepting applications for the Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund, a $100,000 grant fund that helps local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups and others to pay for projects that provide, protect or promote clean water.

Projects must be within the boundaries of the District and result in improved water quality. They can focus on either improving public awareness of clean water issues (education grants) or using new and innovative ways of managing water quality (innovation grants). Examples of eligible activities include: developing educational sites, restoring or establishing vegetated buffer zones, hosting workshops, publications and outreach, community clean-ups, native habitat restoration, leadership programs, and innovative demonstration projects that protect clean water. Projects are limited to $25,000 in grant funds.

Application materials and descriptions of past projects are available on our website. Mandatory pre-proposals are due September 26. Staff will provide feedback on pre-proposals to give your project the best chance at receiving a grant.

For additional information, contact MCWD Education Manager Leslie Yetka at or 952-641-4524.

MCWD established the fund in 2000 in memory of Cynthia Krieg, whose life exemplified dedication to community service and natural resource protection.


Leslie Yetka, MCWD Education Manager

Telly Mamayek, MCWD Communications Director

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District               

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District covers approximately 181 square miles, including Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Falls. The District is charged by state law to protect, improve and manage water resources. It does so through scientific research and monitoring, public education, cost share grant programs, permitting and collaborative efforts with the 27 cities, two townships and two counties (Hennepin and Carver) that are in the District. For more information, visit

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