Lake Protection

Minnesota is the home of 10,000 lakes, and Shorewood has quite a few of our own. To protect Minnesota waters it takes a village. We all must work together to do the right thing to keep our lakes, streams, wetlands, and rivers clean.

Work locally to protect clean water: Become a Master Water Steward

If you’re concerned about clean water and want to protect a lake or stream that you care about, consider becoming a Master Water Steward! Master Water Stewards are sponsored by their local watershed district or municipality and are educated about water quality issues in their local region. They put their training to work by implementing a clean water capstone project, and they continue to serve their community by volunteering their time to maintain their certification.

Application period is now open for the 2018/2019 program. 

Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Master Water Stewards receive over 50 hours of classroom time and online learning taught by experts covering a wide variety of topics, including hydrology, water policy, community engagement, and residential stormwater planning. The program also emphasizes continuous learning, and stewards must complete eight hours of continuing education each year to maintain their certification.

Know Your Watershed

To find out which watershed district covers your property enter your address on the watershed map.

Check Lake Health With Citizen Reports

lake minnetonkaYou can check the health of area lakes and streams with easy online access to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's citizen monitoring reports. Simply put in an address or the city zip code (55331) and you will see the lakes and streams in the area that have reports.

Protect Our Lakes from Aquatic Invasive Species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to follow the law and protect their waters from aquatic invasive species.

AIS inspect“Everyone using Minnesota waters must remember that Clean, Drain, Dispose is not only the best way to protect their lakes and rivers, it’s also the law,” said Ann Pierce, section manager, Ecological and Water Resources Division. Fines for violations range from $100 to $500.

Before leaving a water access, boaters are required to:

  • Clean off all aquatic plants and animals.
  • Drain all water from bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs and leaving the drain plug out when transporting.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

Watch a 25 minute video Aquatic Invasive Species, Minnesota Waters at Risk for more information.

Christmas Lake Public Access Open

The public access boat ramp at Christmas Lake is open daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m. through the boating season. Inspectors will be on duty during open hours to inspect boats for aquatic invastive species. To ensure that you pass the inspection and are able to launch your boat, please make sure you follow DNR recommendations. If you have questions, please contact the city at 952.960.7900. If there is an after hours problem with the gate, please call 952.960.7914 and press 2.

AIS Ordinance for Christmas Lake

zebra musclesThe Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance covers watercraft entering Christmas Lake from the public access boat launch. The ordinance requires all watercraft entering the water to go through an AIS inspection. The inspection is provided at the public boat launch for no charge. Boaters may refuse to have an inspection and not enter the water.

Should a boater refuse inspection and enter the water they are subject to a fine of up to $1000 and up to 90 days in jail. The ordinance was enacted in an effort to protect the waters of Christmas Lake from zebra mussels, which have been found in many Minnesota lakes including Lake Minnetonka. Questions regarding the ordinance may be referred to Planning Director, Marie Darling, 952.960.7912.