Hennepin County

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County Zoning Offices Department of Natural Resources Corps of Engineers
Wetland Conservation Act Contacts Pollution Control Agency USDA (FSA and NRCS)
Soil and Water Conservation Districts Department of Health
Watershed Districts Department of Agriculture
Local Water Planners
Lake Conservation Districts

County Zoning Offices

County zoning offices issue permits for the unincorporated portion of the county, as described in local zoning ordinances. Local ordinances generally address building standards, floodplain regulations, shoreland regulations, shoreland-wetland regulations, and other development issues. If you live within the corporate limits of a city or village, you will need to contact your community's office for information on their regulations.

Examples of projects that may need a county permit: Construction of buildings (including accessory buildings like garages, sheds, etc.), additions to buildings, building repairs/improvements, utility replacements, on-site sewer systems, grading and filling, fences (especially in floodplain areas), etc.

City Zoning Office Contact(s) for Hennepin County:

Bloomington
Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park
Champlin
Chanhassen (mainly in Carver county)
Corcoran
Crystal
Dayton
Deephaven
Eden Prairie
Edina
Excelsior
Golden Valley
Greenfield
Greenwood
Hanover (also in Wright County)
HASSAN Township
Hopkins
Independence
Long Lake

Loretto
Maple Grove
Maple Plain
Medicine Lake
Medina
Minneapolis
Minnetonka

Minnetonka Beach
Minnetrista
Mound
New Hope
Orono
Osseo
Plymouth
Richfield
Robbinsdale
Rockford (also in Wright County)
Rogers
Saint Anthony (also in Ramsey County)
Saint Bonifacius
Saint Louis Park
Shorewood

Spring Park
Tonka Bay
Wayzata

Woodland

Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Contacts

Wetlands of all types/sizes have been regulated under the Wetland Conservation Act since 1991. It is important to note that an area can be a wetland even if there is not water visible on the surface (see: related links). Permits are needed for filling and draining wetlands. Depending on your city/county, your contact may be: city staff, county zoning staff, a watershed district or the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The State Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has local Board Conservationists who assist the WCA local contacts (see link at right).

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the Wetland Conservation Act Contact: Filling and draining wetlands covered under the Wetland Conservation Act.

related links:
   What is a Wetland?
   Wetland regulations in Minnesota
   Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)

Wetland Conservation Act Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


WCA Local Governmental Unit Contacts (cities and watershed districts)


BWSR Board Conservationists (by county)

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)

Soil and Water Conservation Districts can help direct citizens to the agency that issues permits for projects affecting all types/sizes of wetlands, lakes and rivers/streams. The SWCD's primary role is providing technical and financial assistance for land and water conservation practices, but can be the agency issuing permits in some areas (especially those projects affecting wetlands).

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the Soil and Water Conservation District: Filling and draining wetlands covered under the Wetland Conservation Act. Shoreline stabilization projects such as bioengineering and riprap.

related links:
   What is a Soil and Water Conservation District?
   Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
   Directory of SWCDs in Minnesota
   Map of SWCDs in Minnesota

SWCD Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


Hennepin Conservation District (web site)
Stacey Lijewski
1313 5th St SE, Suite 306
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-348-9938
stacey.lijewski@co.hennepin.mn.us

Watershed Districts and Water Management Organizations

In many parts of the state, watershed districts (or water management organizations) play a very active role in water-related planning and management. Many of the watershed districts require permits for activities affecting wetlands, lakes and streams/rivers, or their floodplains. These permits may be in addition to other state/local permits, or the state/local permit authority may be delegated to the watershed authority.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from a Watershed District or Water Management Organization: Construction, reconstruction, or repair of bridges, culverts, and storm water outfalls. Filling or grading in the floodplain. Drainage (including tiling). Shoreline alterations (retaining walls, riprap).

related links:
   Map of Watershed Districts in Minnesota
   Directory of Watershed Districts in Minnesota
   Directory of Water Management Organizations in Minnesota
   Map of Water Management Organizations in 7-county Metro

Watershed District or Water Management Organization Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


Bassett Creek WMO (web site)
Laura Jester
Barr Engineering, 4700 W 77th St
Minneapolis, MN 55435

laura.jester@keystonewaters.com


Elm Creek WMC
(web site)
Ali Durgunoglu
Department of Environmental Services, Conservation Division, 701 Fourth Ave So, Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1600
612-596-1171
ali.durgunoglu@co.hennepin.mn.us


Lower Minnesota River WD
(web site)
Linda Loomis
112 E 5th St
Chaska, MN 55318
763-545-4659
NaiadConsulting@gmail.com


Minnehaha Creek WD
(web site)
15320 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-471-0590
admin@minnehahacreek.org


Mississippi WMO
(web site)
Doug Snyder
2522 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418-3329
612-465-8780, ext 205
dsnyder@mwmo.org


Nine Mile Creek WD
(web site)
Kevin Bigalke
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
952-835-2078
kbigalke@ninemilecreek.org


Pioneer-Sarah Creek WMO
(web site)
Jim Kujawa
Technical Services, Department of Environmental Services, 701 4th Ave S, Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1600
612-348-7338
james.kujawa@co.hennepin.mn.us


Pioneer-Sarah Creek WMO
Judie Anderson
Administrative Services, 3235 Fernbrook Ln
Plymouth, MN 55447
763-553-1144
judie@jass.biz


Richfield-Bloomington WMO
(web site)
Kristin Asher
6700 Portland Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423
612-861-9795
kasher@cityofrichfield.org


Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek WD
(web site)
Claire Bleser
14500 Martin Dr, Suite 1500
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
952-607-6512
cbleser@rpbcwd.org


Shingle Creek & West Miississippi Watersheds
(web site)
Ed Matthiesen
Wenck Associates Inc, PO Box 249, 1800 Pioneer Creek Center
Maple Plain, MN 55359
763-479-4208
ematthiesen@wenck.com


Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watersheds
Judie Anderson
3235 Fernbrook Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
763-553-1144
judie@jass.biz

Local Water Planners

The 1985 Comprehensive Local Water Management Act encourages counties to develop and implement comprehensive water plans. Especially in areas where there is not an organized watershed authority, the county water planner can be a helpful resource to direct citizens to appropriate permit authorities and available technical assistance.

related links:
   Comprehensive Local Water Management
   Directory of Local Water Plan Coordinators

Local Water Planning Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


Dept of Environmental Svcs
Joel Settles
417 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1397
612-348-6157
joel.settles@co.hennepin.mn.us

Lake Conservation Districts

Lake conservation districts regulate surface water use, including dock placement, marinas, speeds, no wake zones, special events, etc. Permits or approvals may be required.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from a Lake Conservation District: New marinas or marina expansions/reconfigurations; dock placement; special events on the lake; etc.

related links:
   What is a Lake Conservation District?

Lake Conservation District Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (web site)
Greg Nybeck
18338 Minnetonka Blvd
Deephaven, MN 55391
952-745-0789
lmcd@lmcd.org

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Floodplain and Shoreland Management:

DNR Waters Area Hydrologists can answer questions about county, city and township administered floodplain and shoreland management. The DNR is the technical advisor to the communities and has statutory responsibility for oversight of the programs. DNR Area Hydrologists do not issue local land use permits, this is done by local governments. In some parts of the state, Wild and Scenic River and DNR Mississippi Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) Program regulations also exist.

related links:
   DNR Waters Floodplain Management Program
   DNR Waters Shoreland Management Program
   DNR Waters Wild and Scenic Rivers Program
   DNR Mississippi Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) Program

Work in Public Waters:

DNR Waters Area Hydrologists issue permits for work in the bed of public waters. In some parts of the state, permit administration has been delegated to the local level (i.e., cities, counties or watershed districts) for some water bodies.

Examples of public water projects that may require permits: Excavating, filling, bridge/culvert crossings, storm sewer outfall structures, permanent structures (i.e., docks, etc.). Go to the program link below for information on categories of minimal impact projects that exempt from needing permits (i.e., seasonal docks, shoreline stabilization and beach sand meeting certain criteria, etc.)

related links:
   DNR Waters Public Waters Work Permit Program

Water Appropriations:

DNR Waters Area Hydrologists issue permits for the appropriation of water from surface/ground water sources.

Examples of appropriations that may require permits: Any withdrawal of surface or ground water that exceeds 10,000 gallons/day or 1 million gallons/year, including: municipal water supplies, commercial uses, crop or golf course irrigation, dewatering for construction or mining operations, etc.

related links:
   DNR Waters Water Use Permit Information

Dam Safety:

The DNR Dam Safety Program exists to ensure that dams in Minnesota are safe, are operated responsibly, and are removed when they become obsolete. DNR hydrologists can answer questions about dam safety permits.

related links:
   DNR Waters Dam Safety Program

DNR Waters Area Hydrologist(s) for Hennepin County:


DNR Eco/Waters (web site)
Kate Drewry
DNR Eco/Waters 1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5753
kate.drewry@state.mn.us

Aquatic Plant Management:

The DNR Aquatic Plant Management Specialist issues permits for the removal of aquatic plants in public waters.

Examples of projects that may need a Aquatic Plant Management Permit: Cutting or removal of any amount of emergent plants (i.e., cattails, bulrushes), cutting or removal of floating or submergent (underwater) plants and use of chemicals to kill/remove any amount of aquatic vegetation.

related links:
   DNR Aquatic Plant Control Permit Information

DNR Aquatic Plant Management Contact(s) for Hennepin County:


DNR Fisheries (web site)
Fisheries APM Staff
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5807

Public Utilities License to Cross Public Lands or Waters:

Minnesota Statute 84.415 requires that a license be obtained from the Department of Natural Resources for the passage of any utility over, under or across any state land or public waters.

Examples of projects that may need a Utility Crossings License: Telephone, fiber optic, electrical or other lines, cables or conduits. Also pipelines or mains for gases, liquids, or solids in suspension.

related links:
   DNR Utility Crossing License Information

DNR Lands and Minerals Contact for Hennepin County:


DNR Lands and Minerals (web site)
Regional Operations Supervisor
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5792

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The MPCA issues permits for projects affecting water quality.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Discharge System (SDS) permits for water, including stormwater, being discharged to state waters with pollutants. General NPDES permits for construction activities disturbing more than one acre.

related links:
   Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Water Resources

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Contact Information for Hennepin County:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Regional Offices

Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health oversees all well construction activities and public water supplies.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the Minnesota Department of Health: Well location and construction, guidelines for private well water quality testing.

related links:
   Minnesota Department of Health - Water Well Information
   Minnesota Department of Health - Drinking Water Information

Minnesota Department of Health Contact Information for Hennepin County:

Minnesota Department of Health District Offices

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture oversees several permit and technical assistance programs affecting water resources.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Pesticide and fertilizer use, including "Chemigation" and to "Transport Noxious Weed Propagating Parts in Infested Material or Equipment".

related links:
   Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Water and Land

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Contact Information for Hennepin County:

MDA Chemigation Permit Program
MDA County Agricultural Inspectors

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues permits for wetland-related projects.

Examples of projects that may need a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Filling (or discharge of fill/dredge material) in all types of wetlands (see Section 404 of Clean Water Act). On navigable waters ("Section 10 waters") for excavation, filling, docks, etc.

related links:
   Frequently Asked Questions about Corps of Engineers Permits

U.S Army Corps of Engineers Contact Information for Hennepin County:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contacts (by county)

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Landowners receiving Federal Farm Benefits need to ensure continued eligibility by complying with the provisions in the Food Security Act.

Examples of projects that need to be reviewed include: drainage manipulation (improve or modify existing drainage system), filling, dredging, land clearing and stump removal. Landowners proposing land alteration projects submit review plans with the assistance of the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff. The FSA contact coordinates with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCA) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff to review wetland maps and ensure the project meets the provisions of the federal Food Security Act.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Contact Information for Hennepin County:

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