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A field guide to the new river rules for advocates, planners and city officials

Starting this year, each metro river city and town will update its laws guiding local riverfront development. These updates will be important tools for communities that want to shape the river for years to come.

We’ve pulled together a field guide for this Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area ordinance process — complete with briefings, videos, maps, updates for your city and more — to help you stay informed and involved.  >>

Riverfront polluter Northern Metals violates laws... again

After polluting on the North Minneapolis riverfront for years, Northern Metals was given a second chance to build a new facility in Becker. However, before that facility was even fully open, a large pile of cars caught fire and burned for five days. We spoke to KSTP News about Northern Metals' history of violations and community harm. >>

February 26

Area C community meeting draws crowds and questions

At a recent community meeting, 150 residents gathered to hear about the history and future of Area C, the Ford Motor Company's hazardous waste pile sitting on the floodplain in St. Paul. Out of the many questions raised, one in particular didn't have a clear answer: Will anyone make Ford clean up its mess on the Mississippi River? >>

February 21

Upper Harbor Terminal project draws media attention

Recent news articles in MinnPost and the Star Tribune highlight several concerns being raised about the city of Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal project, including state funding controversy, a rushed planning process, and violations of open meeting law. FMR board member Paul Bauknight and staff member Colleen O'Connor Toberman are interviewed. >>

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