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Lake Hiawatha & Lake Nokomis

Minneapolis means “City of Waters” for a good reason: our lakes, creeks and river are essential to our quality of life as well as our tax base. They provide opportunities for recreation that don’t cost money for middle and working class families. Lake Nokomis and Lake Hiawatha are among the most often visited parks in all of Minnesota.

The management of these waters is not working today. We must not allow our residents’ homes to be damaged. To find the right approaches to address the problems our residents face we must recognize that they are symptoms of bigger problems in our watershed. Lake Hiawatha and Lake Nokomis are being expected to manage more water than they can handle.

Coming Up in 2018:

Solving the water problems at Lake Hiawatha and Lake Nokomis does not depend on a change in our laws. Rather there are state and local agencies that are responsible for water management in our area that must resolve the problems. Residents of the area urgently need short term solutions and all of us need long term management plans designed for prevention. Jean believes that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is responsible for taking the lead in problem solving.

Jean is committed to ensuring that the state and local agencies meet their responsibilities.

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