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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?

New visitor center is centerpiece of Fort Snelling’s 2020 vision

Picture of Fort Snelling

As Fort Snelling approaches it’s bicentennial in 2020, the Minnesota Historical Society is gearing up for exciting changes to the site, including a new visitor center, improved trails and wayfinding, less surface parking, and a renewed focus on the historical significance of this special place perched high above the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

December 9

Whose view? From where? — December 2015

We had two correct responses to last month's view of the iconic High Bridge in St. Paul, each with a very nice description. Cheers to Brian Nerbonne and Tom Schuster! And thanks for the commuting tip.  

More development coming to Saint Paul's West Side

Architect rendition of the planned West Side Flats phase 3 development.  Image source: Sherman Associates

An exciting new riverfront development project planned for Saint Paul's West Side Flats will add commercial space with a strong pedestrian connection to the river esplanade, plus market rate and affordable housing.

November 9

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