Board Members/Contacts

Watershed districts are governed by a local board of managers of from three to nine individuals who are appointed by the boards of the counties with land in the watershed district. Watershed district managers must be voting residents in the watershed, and cannot be public officers of the county, state, or federal government. In the VBWD, a five-member board of managers is responsible for the control and management of the water resources of the VBWD. Four managers are appointed by the Washington County Board and one manager is appointed by the Ramsey County Board. The appointments are for staggered three-year terms.
VBWD has no central office and no full-time staff. All services, including engineering, legal, accounting, inspection, and secretarial services are provided by consultants.
* For general questions, please contact John Hanson 952-832-2622 or

Valley Branch Watershed District, P.O. Box 838, Lake Elmo, MN 55042-0538 

The Valley Branch Watershed District Board Managers
Board of Manager 2023 15 - Copy
Pictured left to right: Rick Gelbmann, John Brach, Ed Marchan, Don Pereira, and William Armstrong.

Name Phone and E-mail Address
Ed Marchan
13633 Greenwood Trail N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 
Don Pereira
Vice President
15318 Afton Hills Court S.
Afton, MN 55001
Rick Gelbmann
2838 Lake Blvd
North St. Paul, MN 55109
John Brach
2946 Oakgreen Avenue N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
William Armstrong
838 Juniper Circle N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Name Phone and E-mail Address
Susannah Torseth and Laurann Kirschner
VBWD Attorney
Galowitz Olson PLLC
10390 39th Street North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
John Hanson
VBWD Engineer
Barr Engineering Co.
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Ste 200
Bloomington, MN 55435
Melissa Imse
Recording Secretary/Website Adminstrator   
Jeff Brower
Yer Xiong
Redpath and Company
651-426-7000 4810 White Bear Parkway
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

The Valley Branch Watershed District Citizen Advisory Committee Members

2019 CAC Members 2 edit
Link Lavey and Nathan Campbell. Not pictured Jack Kollmer and Nate Mezera.

Name Phone Address
Nathan Campbell
608-347-1404  5308 Linden Trail North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Jack Kollmer 612-501-1919 1248 Stagecoach Trail S
Afton, MN 55001
Link Lavey
612-845-8011  8510 Hidden Bay Trail
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Nate Mezera  608-306-0052  725 James Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042