Welcome to the Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed!


The Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission is the regional governmental unit responsible for protecting the water resources of the Pioneer-Sarah Creek watershed. We invite you to browse our site using the tabs along the top of the page.



Get Out and
     Enjoy the Water!


Lake Independence Outlet Control (Weir) Completed

Third Generation Watershed Management Plan


On January 28, 2015, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved the Commission's Third Generation Watershed Management Plan for the period 2015-2020. On May 21, 2015, the Commission adopted the Plan.  The member cities will have two years to update their Local Water Management Plans to be in conformance with the Commission's Plan.

Phase I WRAPS Final Report Available


Dance Hall Creek Subwatershed Assessment


Lake Sarah is a highly utilized and valued public resource in the Pioneer-Sarah creek Watershed. In 2011 the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Three Rivers Park District (TRPD), completed a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analysis to quantify the phosphorus reductions needed to meet state water quality standards for nutrients in Lake Sarah in accordance with the Clean Water Act.

The study identified the Dance Hall Creek watershed as a "hot-spot" for contributing nutrients to Sarah Lake. Dance Hall Creek drains to Sarah Lake which drains via Sarah Creek to the Crow River.
In 2013 the Hennepin County Environmental Services Department (HCES) performed a stormwater retro-fit study for the Dance Hall Creek watershed within the City of Greenfield. The study was a partnership between the HCD, HCES, City of Greenfield, and Crow River Watershed Association. Data from the study will be utilized by the partners to seek Clean Water Legacy BMP funds.



Commission Meets Monthly

The Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.  Meetings are held at the Discovery Center, 5050 Independence Street, Maple Plain, MN.  The agenda is updated seven days prior to the meeting.