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Proposed river rules draw extensive public comment

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If approved, new land-use and development rules will better protect our local national park, the Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River from Dayton to Hastings. (Pictured above, the view from Pine Bend Scientific & Natural Area in Inver Grove Heights.) 

At long last, state land-use and development rules for our local national park, the Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River from Dayton to Hastings, have cleared another hurdle and are on track to be formally adopted by years’ end! All told, over 300 pages of comments were submitted to the judge in charge of the final review of the new riverfront rules. Thanks to all the groups and individuals, including FMR River Protectors, who testified and submitted written comments. Your input will help to ensure the river is protected for generations to come!

July 11

Through July 6: Last chance to weigh in on new riverfront land-use rules

Riders along the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area, our local national park!

​If all goes well, new rules governing riverfront development and protections in the Mississippi River corridor, our local national park, could be in place by the end of 2016. Photo by Tom Reiter

FMR encourages all river-lovers to contact Judge Lipman by July 6, 4:30 p.m. to let him know that you support strong river development rules in our national park, tell him why the river is important to you and share what you would like to see protected or improved. Read on to learn more about the proposed rules for the metro-area stretch of the Mississippi River and how to contribute your voice.

May 10

New Mississippi River critical area rules on the way

Critical area rules govern land use along the river throughout the Twin Cities metro.

At long last, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the official notice to adopt new land-use rules for the Mississippi River critical area and our local national park. FMR led the charge to revamp the rules several years ago and has maintained a strong voice for river protection throughout the extensive rulemaking process. While we haven't completed our final analysis, here are a few highlights of the proposed rules, including better protection of scenic views and river bluffs, and an overview of the process. If all goes well, new rules could be in place by the end of 2016!

April 11

Mississippi River Critical Area rulemaking enters final phase

The Mississippi River Corridor was established as a State Critical Area almost 40 years ago to protect and preserve the unique scenic, natural and cultural features of the 72-mile section of the Mississippi River flowing through the Twin Cities from Dayton to Hastings. In 2009, FMR led the effort to pass legislation authorizing new rules to guide river development in this important area. At long last, the proposed rules are heading for the final phase of rule-making — formal review and adoption.

March 15

Whose view? From where? — March 2016

Well, when it rains it pours. After a drought of correct responses in January and February, the March photo received a record 11 correct responses!  Find out why the "birthplace of Minnesota" is such a special place on the river to so many people.
 

Whose view? From where? — February 2016

Last month's view was from West Island Avenue on Nicollet Island looking west towards the North Loop neighborhood.  The three round iron structures in the water are "mooring cells" which provided a parking spot for barges when the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock was in operation.  Now that the lock is closed, these structures could have an alternative use or be removed in the future.  Also visible in the photo is the mouth of Basset Creek, which enters the river at approximately 5th Ave N, and the Plymouth Avenue Bridge.

Whose view? From where? - January 2016

This month's view is from a quieter part of our river corridor than the urban views of the past few months. Have you been to this lovely off-the beaten-track winter wonderland?

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