Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association Newsletter Spring 2014


Here are some important updates on things happening around Lake Minnewashta

NO WAKE! We are experiencing near record high water levels. While we have not been able to declare the lake a No Wake Zone, please be considerate and slow down to prevent erosion of your neighbor’s land. Many neighbors are experiencing waves washing over their land and eroding it away. In case you don’t know them, here are the rules:

Sec. 6-48. Operation near shoreline.

Operation of motorized watercraft within 100 feet of any shoreline shall be limited to emerging straight out from and straight towards the shoreline, or slow-no wake operation. Operation of personal watercraft within 150 feet of any shoreline shall be limited to emerging straight out from and straight towards the shoreline, or slow-no wake operation.


Zebra Mussel Infestations continue to spread in nearby Lake Minnetonka. Nearly every bay has seen evidence of zebra mussel infestations. With no known remedy, this invasive nuisance is expected to continue to spread rapidly. Once established, zebra mussels spread rapidly, litter beaches with their sharp shells, damage boats and equipment, and alter the food chain of local lakes, rivers and streams. If our lake is infested, your recreational use of the lake and your property values may be degraded.
To date, there have been no confirmed sightings of zebra mussels in Lake Minnewashta.Thanks to funds from Carver County, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the DNR and the LMPA, we enjoyed 100% incoming watercraft inspections at the Lake Minnewashta Regional Park in 2013. These inspectors educated and trained hundreds of boaters on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. As a result of that inspection, two boats were turned away that had Zebra Mussels on them. Without these inspections the boats would have entered the lake and potentially infested it.

Use a Permitted Lake Service Provider: When choosing a firm to install or remove your docks and lifts, be sure to use a lake service provider that is lawfully permitted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR). The MN DNR’s mandatory training program was enacted by the State of Minnesota in 2011 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). It applies to all hired providers that install or remove water-related equipment (boats, docks, boat lifts, or other structures) from Minnesota bodies of water. You can verify a provider’s certification status by contacting the MN DNR or 651-259-5100.

DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL…Don’t buy a lift, dock or watercraft or rent a boat trailer that has been in Lake Minnetonka or other known infested waters. You could be guilty of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species into Lake Minnewashta, spoiling our lake and being subject to a large fine.

Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspections are planned at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park. With matching financial support from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), our Carver County Commissioners unanimously voted to again direct the hiring of full time watercraft inspectors at our regional park. All watercraft entering the lake are required to pass an inspection during normal park hours before being allowed to launch. Even lake shore residents and Association members who have direct, private access to the lake must have their watercraft inspected before they launch their watercraft. Please comply with this request so we can assure that we do not introduce this very toxic invasive species into our lake. Special thanks to Carver County Commissioner Tom Workman, Carver County Parks Director Marty Walsh and Eric Evenson of the MCWD for their very strong support.

Aquatic Weed Treatments are planned again this season using donations from you, our LMPA members. With your financial support in 2013 we again had excellent results. We have already received permits and grant commitments from the DNR for the 2014 season and once again hope to treat in late June. Because we received $7,000 in donations, we may have to scale back our plans unless we raise more money. Please donate what you can and we’ll spend what we receive.

Camp Tanadoona and Camp Fire is a finalist for a $500,000 grant through Twins All Star Fans Choose! The proceeds will 100% support the capital campaign at Tanadoona. It’s a voting competition, so we’re hoping you might please share the below link with your friends. People can vote once a day, per e-mail account, through July 10th. We need LOTS of people to vote – and often – to win!!! Follow the link below to cast your vote.

Board Members are needed to serve a 2 year term. Some of our current board members have completed their terms of service and have chosen not to return. We are looking for some energetic replacements willing to meet about six times per year. Contact Steve Gunther at if you are interested. And thank you to our former board members who volunteered time and energy to further the mission of the LMPA!

Keep in touch - Be sure to give us your email address so we can add you to our electronic newsletter distribution. Or check our website at And join our Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association Facebook group! Or tweet with us @lakeminnewashta.

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Spring 2014 Membership and Donation Request

The LMPA Mission: 

To organize and focus the efforts of our residents to develop an ongoing, long-term community spirit, with planning and action to keep Lake Minnewashta beautiful and preserve its water quality.


Why join/renew my LMPA membership?

Being a member of the LMPA further demonstrates your commitment to helping keep Lake Minnewashta beautiful and its waters clean.  Importantly, your participation allows our organization to have a greater “voice” with key funding sources and decision makers such as the DNR, Carver County and other elected officials.  The LMPA is the ONLY association that represents all of Lake Minnewashta and its constituents!


How much does it cost to be a member?

We appreciate every resident is in a different situation, so we suggest the following annual membership dues/donations to support our efforts:

  • *$25 or more if you live off the lake and have no deeded access.
  • *$75 or more if you have access to the lake through an Association.
  • *$150 or more if you live on or have direct access to the lake.


What does my donation/membership fee go towards? 

The LMPA’s annual operating budget is $16,000, with nearly 95% of our expenses directed towards invasive weed treatment in the high, general common use areas (Individual homeowners can only treat the areas surrounding their dock/shoreline).  Importantly, only half of our weed treatment expense is covered through annual donations/membership dues, with the balance secured through grants – the latter becoming more and more difficult to receive with tight government budgets.


How large is the Association and how many people are donors?


We have about 425 homes residing in the boundaries of the LMPA. In 2013, we grew our donation base from 55 to 72 (+31%), but still only 17% of our potential targeted membership group make a donation. If we are going to develop an effective and sustainable membership organization, we need greater participation and support!


What benefits do I receive from being a member of the LMPA? 

Besides the personal satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the only organization dedicated to keeping Lake Minnewashta one of the best bodies of water in the state, you will also receive:

  • Improved lake navigability when propeller clogging weeds are cleared in areas of the lake commonly used by residents.
  • The ability to provide your voice and your efforts to the Association toward what is important to you with regards to your life on and around the Lake!
  • Representation of your wants with our local government units.
  • An opportunity to extend your network of friends via the Annual Fall Picnic!
  • The continued ability to make tax-deductible contributions!
  • Free quarterly newsletters that highlight the LMPA efforts and other lake activities
  • Growing – Valuable discounts to local merchants (boat/lake equipment, etc.) and restaurants!


When and how do I join/renew my membership and make a donation?

With the water levels receding soon, we need to make a commitment to Lake Restoration, Inc. to treat our lake. We can treat up to 42 acres of the weed areas in the lake with $16,000. With your donations, we hope to have our treatment completed by the end of June.


Please send your tax deductible check along with the information below to: LMPA, PO Box 304, Excelsior, MN 55331, or contribute using Paypal at




Phone_____________________ Email address __________________________________




Amount enclosed for LMPA Dues & weed treatment $150 ___   $75 ____ $25 ___ or other $_____


I would like to serve on a committee or the board_________



The LMPA wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the following individuals, families and associations for their generous contribution in 2013!  If we are missing your name or 2013 donation, we apologize and ask that you please contact us!


Aldritt , Allenburg, Lee Anderson, Anding, Bangasser, Barinsky, Barrett, Berland, Bhojwani, Bjork, Blue, Boraas, Borchart, Boyer Lake HOA, Briggs, Camp Gunther, Cook, Datillo, Emmings, Geisler, Jim Ginther, Gunther, Hempel, Hergott, Holzinger, Jandro, Jeske, Pam and Terry Johnnson, Kapsner, Knoll, Kvamme, Lacek, Landstrom, Dave Larson, Leiding, Melin, Midwest Motorcraft, Moe, Morgan, Mulheran, Murphy, Nelson, Oas, Paap, Peterjohn, Gary Peterson, Pleasant Acres HOA, Plucinak, Quarberg, Razoo, Red Cedar Cove Townhomes, Ross, Scimeca, Senst, Severson, Sorenson, Sternard, Strommen, Tamlyn, Thompson, Torbanson, Train, Truong, Ttee, Vergin/Christopher, Vigiaturo, Volling, Way, Weber, Wedes, Weinzetl, Wintheiser, Wright, Zweig


Thank you all!!



Steve Gunther
Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association
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Minnesota “State of Water” Conference Planned for May 1st at Cragun’s Resort

Minnesota Waters Conference Now the “State of Water Conference,” and it Returns This May

A coalition of non-profits and state agencies are resurrecting the Minnesota Waters Conference that has been a pillar of the Minnesota natural resources community since 2001. Now called the State of Water Conference, the program will bring together citizens’ groups, local and state government, non-profits, and community members to discuss the most pressing issues facing our state’s most important resource – water. The event will run May 1 – 2, 2014 at Cragun’s Resort.
The planning coalition includes organizations that have collaborated on the conference in the past, and have since been at the forefront of water protection and education in Minnesota: the Freshwater Society, Conservation Minnesota, U of M Extension, Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, MPCA, and DNR. Author and limnologist Darby Nelson, MPCA Commissioner Stine, DNR Asst. Commissioner Naramore, and BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke will speak at the event.


Last fall, they sent a survey out to a group of Minnesotans asking which issues and what themes they would like to see at the upcoming conference. After reviewing all of the detailed responses, we identified five key areas to focus our attention.  These five areas include Aquatic Invasive Species, Restoration of Aquatic Habitat, Watersheds, Citizen Group Capacity-Building, and Groundwater & Nutrient Run-off.  The conference will include four workshops and thirty-five breakout sessions dedicated to our five themes.


Your attendance is the final piece in ensuring that all ideas are shared and implemented!  We hope you can join!
Register by April 18. Registration includes all meals, as well as the Exhibitor’s Reception on the evening of May 1.
To learn more and to register for the conference, visit
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Minnehaha Creek Watershed District awards grants to projects that protect or promote clean water including one at Camp Tanadoona


Seven projects that use education to protect clean water will receive grants from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) in 2014. The MCWD’s Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Grant program awards $100,000 in grants each year to local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups and others for projects that help people understand the importance of protecting our water resources and learn what they can do to keep their local lakes, streams and wetlands clean.

Projects selected for funding span the entire District. They include new, hands-on water quality curricula for students and campers in the western metro, a guide for shoreline gardening on Lake Minnetonka, wetland buffer landscaping and an educational kiosk at the planned bandstand at Steiger Lake in Victoria, informative short videos about runoff produced by Minneapolis community members and a program connecting interested organizations with opportunities to participate in clean water projects across the watershed.

“The recipients of funding this year will reach a wide range of audiences with information about how to protect our water resources,” said MCWD Education Manager Leslie Yetka. “From school students and summer campers to lakeshore residents and neighborhood groups, the people reached through these projects will learn how they can participate in important clean water work.”

You can learn more about the Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Grant program at

Project Summaries:
The Lake Minnetonka Guide to Shoreline Gardening” – reGEN Land Design ($25,000)
Creates a practical guide for combining native and horticultural plant species to create resilient shoreline gardens that add value to properties along Lake Minnetonka. Shoreline gardens add beauty and stabilize soils to protect water quality and deter geese, among other benefits. The guide re-frames common messages about “shoreline restoration” to appeal to gardeners, helping reach a new audience of potential water stewards.

Camp Tanadoona’s Water Quality Initiative” -CampFire MN ($18,650)
Allows Camp Tanadoona in Excelsior to hire a Water Quality Specialist who will develop a curriculum for campers and train  fellow staff  and counselors to integrate it into the camp’s year-round programming. This curriculum will reach 2,500 people each year through the camp’s year-round program.

A Bandstand” – Community Involvement Endowment ($15,500)
Installs wetland buffer landscaping around a soon-to-be-built bandstand to protect water quality of Steiger Lake in Victoria.  Educational kiosks at the site will focus on wetland preservation, clean-water landscaping and  how public/ private partnerships can help preserve water quality during new development endeavors.

Linking Master Water Stewards with Congregations, Neighborhoods and City Environmental Commissions for Hands-On Projects” – Alliance for Sustainability  ($14,624.55)
Connects community volunteers who are certified Master Water Stewards with congregations, neighborhoods and citizen groups to lead and participate in clean water projects throughout the District.

Outdoor Learning Center Construction and Stewardship Project – Phase I” – Minnetonka Preschool and Early Childhood Family Education  ($12,300)
Constructs an Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) for young children and their parents. The center will focus on water quality and other environmental issues. This grant will fund clean-water landscaping around the center, including the planting of native plants and removal of invasive plants.

Community-Based Viral Videos” – Houchin Brothers Entertainment ($7,000)
Produces two short, light-hearted videos about stormwater runoff — one about the hydrologic cycle and another about how surface water becomes polluted. Community members from a handful of Minneapolis neighborhoods will help create the videos during workshops and use their networks and social media to share the outcomes to a wider audience.

Water Quality and Non-Point Pollution around Minnetonka School District” – Scenic Heights Elementary 4/5 Navigators ($6,925.45)
Uses the scientific process to teach students in Minnetonka how to measure non-point pollution in stormwater runoff and assess local water quality. Students will synthesize and communicate their results and recommendations to community members and peers.


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MCWD Awarded Watershed District of the Year by the MN DNR!

Each year the Department of Natural Resources Division of Ecological and Water Resources honors one of the watershed districts in the state for their accomplishments toward water quality improvement. Watershed districts are nominated for the award by area and regional DNR hydrologists.
Jason Moeckel, DNR Inventory, Monitoring and Analysis Section Manager, presented this year’s award to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) at the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Annual Meeting in Alexandria, Minnesota on Friday, December 6, 2013. The MCWD was nominated for this award for its long-standing and robust partnership with the DNR and its timely and effective programs.

“MCWD actively solicits input and feedback from their many and varied stakeholders and regularly consult with the DNR Area Hydrologist on their projects and programs,” Moeckel said.  “The District successfully coordinates and integrates its various programs to systematically improve the watershed and its water resources.”

Among examples cited for 2013:

  • Restored a 3,000 ft ditched section of Minnehaha Creek to its original meander along Reach 20 in St. Louis Park;
  • Worked with 16 homeowners who volunteered to let the District remove invasive plants from 2,000 ft of their creek banks and replant with native species;
  • Purchased and began restoration on two farm properties totaling over 200 acres of rolling topography with steep slopes draining into Six Mile Marsh to help improve the water quality of Halsted’s Bay;
  • Developed a comprehensive, long-term AIS Management Plan;
  • Conducted its third year of a Zebra mussel monitoring program;
  • Held the 7th annual Minnehaha Creek cleanup which drew 1200 citizens who collected over two tons of trash.

Congratulations and Thank You to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District! 


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Don’t forget! Metro Summit on Nov 6.

Clean Water Funding and Policy
Most of us have heard about the Legacy Fund amendment passed in 2008 that dedicates money from a sales tax  to, among other things, protect water resources in the state. Join us at the summit to hear from Steve Woods with the Board of Water and Soil Resources about how that money is accessed and used – including by citizens. We’ll also hear from a panel of folks who have worked to tap into those funds and the results they have seen – including on AIS initiatives.

After a networking dinner we’ll hear from John Tuma, a former Republican Legislator and currently a lobbyist at Conservation Minnesota, about the ins and outs of impacting water policy and what citizen groups should be thinking about in order to have an impact as well.


November 6, 2013
5-8 pm
Hopkins, MN
$10 registration
For more information go to
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