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This is the fourth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed.

Creation of MCWD MN Historical Society 1966

In the 1950’s, Minnesota’s urban landscape was changing quickly. Population was booming and cities were racing to develop land and expand their tax bases, frequently draining wetlands to reclaim buildable area.

This draining of wetlands, combined with more hard surfaces (roads, parking lots, roofs) where open space used to be, caused rain water that used to soak into the ground to run off the landscape. As a result, downstream communities faced new, and serious, flooding issues. Responding to these problems was complicated because most cities’ boundaries...

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