The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is located in the eastern Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area. Follow the links to get detailed District information, and find out how you can help improve the quality of our lakes and streams.

A light coating of snow creates a wonderful winter scene along the banks of Gervais Creek.

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Join us on February 17th at Phalen Freeze Fest!

Winter has finally arrived! Come on in – the snow is great! Join in the festivities and winter fun at Phalen Freeze Fest, a free outdoor family event on Saturday, February 17, from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM at Phalen Lakeside Activity Center, 1530 Phalen Drive in St. Paul.

Take in some fresh air and experience the joys of practicing your snowshoeing and firebuilding skills. Glide on a kicksled with Ramsey County Parks and fish through the ice with Tips Outdoors (learn some new tips too!). Take a story stroll, play a hot game of boot hockey with the Polar Devils, cook over a fire and watch the Legend of Shingebiss performed by giant puppets crafted and performed by Urban Root artists. More information on the Ripple Effect Activities page or by following this link.

Smart Salting Workshop:Level II

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: MNDOT Training Center ;
1900 County Road I West Shoreview.
Lower Level: Room AH5

What participants will learn: This four-hour training provides an opportunity for participants to review their current best management practices and salt use for possible savings. During the class, attendees will learn how to use the new winter maintenance assessment tool(WMAt). Upon completion of the training, participants will know how to use the WMAt for progress tracking, budget planning, and communicating with public officials or others who provide maintenance funding. The training also explains the steps required for your organization to become Level 2 certified with the MN Pollution Control Agency.

Who should attend: Lead maintenance staff, managers, supervisors, business owners, and hospital and school staff who have leadership roles in sidewalk and parking lot maintenance.

Registration: This free training session requires preregistration. To register, contact Sage Passi at at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District or call 612-598- 9163.

Keller Golf Course restoration wins MAWD Project of the Year

Ecological restoration work on Maplewood’s Keller Golf Course earned Project of the Year honors from the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts at the organization’s annual meeting held Dec. 1 in Alexandria. Course Superintendent Paul Diegnau joined us to accept the award, recognizing a 15-year partnership that has created substantial urban wildlife habitat while protecting the Phalen Chain of Lakes from runoff.

“From my perspective, Keller Golf Course is setting an example for others to follow,” said Diegnau. “By exposing golfers to our vast natural areas and incredible pollinator habitat, I hope they see how well the game of golf can co-exist with the environment – and that opportunities abound for landscape improvements, both big and small.”

Save the Date!


WaterFest 2018 will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, from 11 AM until 4 PM.

This free family festival is held annually along the shore of Lake Phalen in St. Paul.

Stay tuned for information regarding what fabulous activities will be on offer, and how you can be a part of the celebration!


Plans underway to optimize drainage in Grass Lake and Snail Lake area

Winter weather means construction season in the watershed world, and we are moving forward with plans to optimize drainage and restore natural habitat in the Grass Lake and Snail Lake area. This work is part of an ongoing study commissioned by the District in response to persistent high water conditions and concerns among local residents. Learn more.

Clean Water Fund Projects


RWMWD is currently involved in several unique projects that have received funding through the Minnesota Clean Water Fund, one of the funds created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Follow the links to read about these innovative projects.

Current Projects:

Partnering with Faith Organizations for Clean Water (phase 2)

Engaging Schools in Retrofit BMPs

Follow this link to learn about completed Clean Water Fund Projects, including the Maplewood Mall Stormwater Retrofit:

Past Clean Water Fund Projects


Read more about the Clean Water Fund on the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources website.

Meeting Calendar

April Board Meeting
May Board Meeting
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, 2665 Noel Drive, Little Canada MN 55117