River Corridor Land Use and Development Blog

As more cities move to embrace the river and capitalize on its exceptional value, FMR works within metro river communities to ensure that public access, scenic views, historic preservation and environmental quality are respected.

Here are the park plans and developments that our river corridor team has its eye on. Learn more about the program, how we evaluate development plans and all the places we work.

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Dam removal brings "river giants" back to Minnesota waterways
A recent Star Tribune article celebrated the return of paddlefish, sturgeon and other river species as a result of dam removal projects across the state. Could this kind of restoration be possible... Read more
Climate change, climate justice and FMR's Land Conservation program
Land protection and restoration for ecological diversity can keep urban areas cooler and more resilient in the face of climate change. Learn more about how our Land Conservation program fights... Read more
Thank you, Urban Bird Collective!
In a recent article, the founder of the Urban Bird Collective, Monica Bryand, talks about why she's "building a more diverse, inclusive birding community," and our own Stewardship and Education... Read more
A short field guide to metro wildlife
Whether it's the return of grassland birds to a once-homogenous cropland we've restored to prairie, or the adaptive behaviors of urban foxes and coyotes, the well-being of Minnesota's wildlife can... Read more
Lilydale considers new blufftop development
A challenging property on Lilydale's river bluffs is the site of a new redevelopment proposal under consideration. Our concern: Will the building disrupt the river's scenery?  >>
Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan faces first lawsuit
The Minneapolis City Council recently approved the controversial Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan for the North Minneapolis riverfront. Community members have filed a lawsuit alleging that... Read more
Thank you, 2021 storm drain stenciling volunteers!
Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, we exceeded our storm drain stenciling goals for 2021 despite our second season of COVID-19. Together, neighbors, classrooms, sports teams, girl scouts, churches and... Read more
Can we make Minnesota's drinking water lead-free?
Everyone deserves clean, safe drinking water. Unfortunately, though lead was banned for plumbing in 1986, existing lead pipes remain a threat in Minnesota. FMR is working with our partners to advance... Read more
Mississippi Dunes moment of action [CLOSED]
In December, the Cottage Grove city council will be voting on a master plan for the former Mississippi Dunes golf course on the Mississippi riverfront. Take a moment to submit your comments on the... Read more
Quick tips for speaking at a public meeting
City and township leaders sometimes listen to people who show up to speak at meetings more than they listen to other input. It's an important way to influence your local community. Here are... Read more

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