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About the Watershed

 WHO ARE WE?

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District is a local government with boundaries based on the watersheds of Riley, Purgatory, and Bluff Creeks. It was established on July 31, 1969 by the Minnesota Water Resources Board acting under the authority of the Watershed Law.

  • MANAGERS: Five managers govern the watershed district. Four managers are appointed by the Hennepin County Commissioners and one by the Carver County Commissioners. Each manager serves a three-year term. Governance manual & bylaws.
  • STAFF: The watershed employs seven full-time staff members and contracts with consultants for engineering and legal services.
  • TAC & CAC: The managers are advised by a technical advisory committee (TAC) and a citizens advisory committee (CAC). The TAC includes representatives of cities, counties, state and other agencies. The CAC is comprised of community volunteers who advise the board as representatives of citizen interests.  

WHAT DO WE DO?

When it rains, water that falls on the landscape follows a natural path to a waterbody. This area of land is the body’s watershed. Anything that happens within a watershed impacts the lake, creek, wetland, pond, or aquifer it feeds. Watershed districts are charged with protecting and improving our communities’ water resources. Districts partner with local communities to identify top priorities and plan, implement, and manage efforts which protect and improve local water resources. They educate and engage residents, and the work they undertake benefits the quality and quantity of water in local as well as downstream watersheds and communities.

The RPBCWD celebrated 50 years in 2019. Learn more about our history.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN ("10-YEAR PLAN")

The Watershed Management Plan is a document that guides all of the watershed district’s actions over a decade. It highlights how the district will monitor local water quality, the projects it will do, and how it will engage its community.

Explore the 2018 plan

Managers

David Ziegler, Eden Prairie (President)
Term expires: July 2022
dziegler@rpbcwd.org

Larry Koch, Chanhassen (Vice-president)
Term expires: July 2024
lkoch@rpbcwd.org

Dorothy Pedersen, Shorewood (Secretary)
Term expires: July 2023
dpedersen@rpbcwd.org

Jill Crafton, Bloomington (Treasurer)
Term expires: July 2024
jcrafton@rpbcwd.org

Vacancy
Pending Appointment

Staff

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Jeffery.pngTerry Jeffery
Interim District Administrator & Watershed Planning Mgr
952-807-6885
Email Terry

Bakkum.pngAmy Bakkum
Office Administrator
952-607-6026
Email Amy

Dickhausen.pngZach Dickhausen
Water Resources Technician II
952-607-6036
Email Zach

Forbes.pngLiz Forbes
Grant Program Coordinator
952-607-6481
Email Liz

Mahon.pngEleanor Mahon
Education & Outreach Coordinator
952-687-1348
Email Eleanor

Maxwell.pngJosh Maxwell
Water Resources Coordinator
952-607-6486
Email Josh

Nicklay.pngMat Nicklay
Natural Resources Technician
612-791-9085
Email Mat

Consultants

Engineering Advisor

Scott Sobiech (Barr Engineering)
4700 West 77th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55345
952-832-2755
Ssobiech@barr.com


Legal Advisor

Smith Partners PLLP 
400 Second Avenue South, Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-344-1400 phone
612-344-1550 fax

TAC

Staff Liaison

Terry Jeffery 
Watershed Planning Manager
952-807-6885
tjeffery@rpbcwd.org


Committee members

Steve Christopher 
Board of Water & Soil Resources

Matt Lindon
Citizen Advisor

Paul Moline
Carver County

Mike Wanous
Carver County Soil & Water Conservation District

Bryan Gruidl
City of Bloomington

Joe Seidl
City of Chanhassen

Matt Clark
City of Chaska

Robert Bean Jr.
City of Deephaven

Dave Modrow
City of Eden Prairie

Sara Schweigert
City of Minnetonka

Robert Bean Jr/Andrew Budde
City of Shorewood

Karen Gallas
Hennepin County

Linda Loomis
Lower Minnesota River Watershed District

Joe Mulcahy
Metropolitan Council

Wes Pearce-Saunders/Taylor Huinker
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
US Army Corps of Engineers

CAC

More information about the Citizen Advisory Committee, including mintues from the Citizen Advisory Committee's regular meetings can be found here.

Staff Liaison

Terry Jeffery
Interim District Administrator
952-807-6885
tjeffery@rpbcwd.org

Liz Forbes
Grant Program Coordinator
952-607-6481
lforbes@rpbcwd.org

Eleanor Mahon
Education & Outreach Coordinator
952-687-1348
Email Eleanor

CAC Contact Email 
cac@rpbcwd.org


Committee members

Andrew Aller
CAC Chair

Jim Boettcher
CAC Vice Chair

Rodey Batiza
Recorder

Marilynn Torkelson

Heidi Groven

Kim Behrens

Michelle Frost

Samuel Griffin

Pete Iverson

Terry Jorgensen

Sharon McCotter

Jan Neville

Jeff Weiss

Jessica Wiley

Employment

Water Quality Intern - The District is looking for up to 3 seasonal interns to assist our Water Quality department with the operation and maintenance of a watershed wide monitoring program for lakes and streams. Applications accepted until March 18th or until filled.