Welcome to the Elm Creek Watershed

The Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission is the regional governmental unit responsible for protecting the water resources of the Elm Creek watershed, located in Hennepin County, Minnesota.  We invite you to browse our site using the tabs above.  For your convenience, the links below provide quick access to commonly requested information.  Please check back often as updates are made frequently.




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Elm Creek TMDL Informal Review Begins

The Elm Creek TMDL draft report and supporting appendices are now available for informal review by the Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission and the Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee members. 
For more information, click HERE.

Third Generation Plan Forwarded to BWSR for Approval

Revision incorporates revised MN Rule 8410

In accordance with MN Statutes 103B.231, the Commission held a public hearing on the draft Third Generation Watershed Management Plan onJuly 8, 2015.  The hearing provided a forum for the public, government agencies and member cities to provide comments on the goals, management strategies and work plan proposed for the ten-year period 2015-2024.  Following the hearing, the draft Plan, a record of the hearing and all comments received, and responses made were forwarded to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).

The Metro Committee of the BWSR met on September 3, 2015, to review the draft Plan.  Discussion occurred regarding making some changes to the Plan prior to it going to the full BWSR Board for approval as a result of the revised Minnesota Rule 8410, which became effective July 13, 2015.

The revised Rule 8410, which administers Metropolitan Water Management, now provides that projects can be added to the CIP by minor plan amendment rather than by major plan amendment, as long as the County agrees.  The draft Plan has been revised to incorporate language pertaining to this revision.  The revision was approved by the Commission at its September 9, 2015 meeting and a revised draft Plan has been forwarded to BWSR for final approval.

Once BWSR has approved the Plan, the Commission has 120 days in which to adopt it.  Following adoption of the Plan by the Commission, member cities will have two years to update their local plans.

If you have questions regarding the Plan, please direct them to our consultant, Diane Spector at Wenck Associates, dspector@wenck.com or 763.252.6880.

Commission Adopts New Rules and Standards - Effective 1/1/2015


In 2014 the Commission, through a Minor Plan Amendment, adopted new Appendix O, which are the Third Generation Rules and Standards, and deleted all of existing Appendix F except for certain key policies and standards that should be retained until the Third Generation Plan is adopted.

Commission Certifies Project for County Levy


At a public hearing on September 9, 2015, the Commission approved the Plymouth Elm Creek Stream Restoration project for county levy.  The project is described generally as stabilization of approximately 5,000 feet of Elm Creek stream bank in Plymouth, MN, using bioengineering and revegetation techniques.  The project area is bordered by Peony Lane on the east, 54th Avenue on the north, Elm Creek Golf Course to the west and Wayzata High School to the south.  The total treatment area for this project is approximately 13.4 acres.  The total cost of the project is $1,086,000.  The proposed levy is $250,000.



Commission Meets Monthly

The Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Mayor's Conference Room at Maple Grove City Hall, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN. The agenda is updated seven days prior to the meeting.


Commission adopts new      Project Review Fee Schedule, effective July 28, 2015

Elm Creek WRAPS Report submitted to MPCA