Roseville Review/Bulletin people - week of May 7, 2017

Mike Thienes

Roseville resident Mike Thienes is retiring from the Capitol Region Watershed District’s board after more than 18 years of service. Thienes has served as CRWD’s treasurer since its inception in 1998. With his leadership, the watershed district has maintained clean audit reports and a very strong credit bond rating from the S&P, while growing from contract staff to 16 full-time employees. 

During Thienes’ tenure, CRWD completed 1,200 projects, assumed ownership of the Trout Brook Storm Sewer system and adopted rules to manage stormwater as part of redevelopment projects. He has been a regular attendee of the Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s annual meeting, also serving as the chair of Metro MAWD since 2010. 

Thienes has been a strong advocate for all water resources in the district. His great insights into the community surrounding Lake McCarrons have helped guide numerous projects and programs, improving water quality and recreation opportunities for countless residents. He will be missed by CRWD staff as well as so many friends, neighbors and colleagues. 

“Manager Mike Thienes has been foundational to this organization,” said CRWD Administrator Mark Doneux. “Without his commitment to excellence, innovation and passion, CRWD could not have achieved the success it enjoys today.”



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