With more than 750 wetlands, ponds and lakes, Eden Prairie is rich in water resources. They support birds and amphibians, clean water as it infiltrates through the wetland vegetation and soils, and act as sponges to hold water and prevent flooding during heavy rain falls. Marshes, ponds and swamps are something to preserve and protect.
Identifying wetlands can be a challenge, as they are not always wet. To be defined as a wetland, the area needs to hold water at or near the surface only a few days within the growing season. The amount of moisture in a wetland can vary greatly during the year; some wetlands never have surface water. Also, some places in the City may have wetland vegetation, yet not be defined as a wetland. A wetland specialist is needed to make these determinations. For more information on lakes, please see the Lake Management page of the website.
Local Government Unit
The City of Eden Prairie is the Local Government Unit (LGU) in those areas covered by the Lower Minnesota River and Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek watershed districts. The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District acts as the LGU for the northeastern portion of the City.
An LGU is a city or watershed district which has administrative responsibility over the land and administers the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) under Minnesota Rules Chapter 8420. The City’s wetland protection requirements are outlined in City Code Section 11.51. If you are applying for a wetland determination or wetland delineation, the City's Wetland Review Application [PDF] must be completed and submitted for review.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) provides a variety of services including spraying or treating for mosquitoes, conducting surveys for mosquito population areas, monitoring of deer tick populations, public education regarding Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and public education, with emphasis on ways to reduce risk of mosquito and tick-borne diseases.
Contact the City's water resources coordinator with questions about the City's wetlands and ponds.