Area watershed district breaks ground on new HQ


submitted photo • Capitol Region Watershed District staffers broke ground on the organization’s new headquarters in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul on May 22. The district covers parts of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale and Roseville, among other places.

submitted photo • The $7.3 million headquarters, slated to be complete this fall, will feature a pocket park that’s open to the public.

The Capitol Region Watershed District broke ground on a new headquarters May 22 in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. 

The 40-square-mile watershed district includes portions of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville and St. Paul, and works to protect waterways such as Como Lake and Lake McCarrons, along with the Mississippi River.

The new headquarters is being built at 595 Aldine Street in the building that formerly housed MacQueen Equipment, which moved to the East Side of St. Paul in 2016.

The watershed district bought the building last year and the $7.3 million headquarters, slated to be completed this fall, will include a pocket park open to neighbors and visitors.

CRWD is governed by a five-member board of managers that works to protect, manage and improve the water resources in the district. 

Minnesota has 46 watershed districts. The Legislature authorized the creation of such districts in 1955 with the Watershed Act.

 

— Mike Munzenrider

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