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Request for Qualifications for Engineering Services

Organizational Background:

 The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has collected and maintained extensive water and natural resource data which have supported implementation of over 70 capital projects resulting in the conservation and restoration of over 700 acres of land. MCWD employs a dedicated professional staff of 25 who specialize in natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education, and communication.

Project Overview:

MCWD is seeking qualifications for a District Engineer to assist in the ongoing process of setting and implementing the water management parameters within which the District will operate by:

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    • Identifying the technical consequences of choices;
    • Discuss alternative solutions;
    • Educate the Board and staff about the technical and regulatory issues involved; and
    • Inform the District Administrator or project managers of the consequences of decisions that may affect natural resources within the District.

 In this function the District Engineer shall routinely review and assess District water management plans, studies, capital programs and procedures to consider, among other things, whether they are; 1) consistent with acceptable engineering practices, 2) achieve District goals, and 3) likely to produce positive, cost effective outcomes.

The District Engineer shall possess considerable experience in; 1) watershed/natural resource planning and engineering, 2) construction management, 3) municipal/governmental permitting and land use regulation as it applies to watershed programs and projects, 4) hydrologic, hydraulic, and pollutant modeling, 5) Federal, state, and regional programs related to watershed and natural resource management, 6) limnology, 7) groundwater and hydro-geology, and 8) public involvement.

Qualifications:

Statements of Qualifications shall be submitted electronically to admin@minnehahacreek.org by 4:00 p.m. on December 4, 2019.  Please see the full Request for Qualifications for the complete scope of services and submittal requirements.