Surface Water Resources


Chanhassen has an abundance of surface water resources which include lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands. The city’s Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) outlines goals for managing these resources.

Water quality, lakeshore preservation, lake level variability, erosion/sediment control, and flood management are some of the important issues that impact the quality of life enjoyed by all residents.

We all have a role to play in the management of these resources for the benefit of wildlife ecosystems that rely on it. Whether through direct use of Chanhassen’s many lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands or through runoff from yards, driveways, and streets, pollutants find their way into the water and degrade these valuable resources.

The City is partners with the Adopt-a-Drain program. By volunteering just fifteen minutes, twice a month, you can help create cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt-a-Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution. To learn more, click here:

  1. Joe Seidl

    Water Resources Engineer
    Phone: (952) 227-1168

  2. Ryan Pinkalla

    Water Resources Technician
    Phone: (952) 227-1173

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