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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Action Alert: Support the Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative (MRRRI)
One of FMR's top priorities is the passage of the MRRRI Act in Congress. Please take a few minutes to ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to protect and restore the Mississippi River for... Read more
What's still possible for Mississippi Dunes?
Cottage Grove residents have been busy advocating for a new public park at the former Mississippi Dunes golf course. We're concerned that without strong city leadership, the site will be largely... Read more
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Our stewardship and education team is proud to host over 100 events annually. Check out our upcoming public outings or our educational opportunities for youth. 
'Do you think nature has surrendered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? I don't think so.'
A little-known underground wall holds St. Anthony Falls back from a catastrophic collapse that would endanger the Twin Cities' water supply, bridges, and other infrastructure. So why isn't anyone... Read more
Upper Harbor Terminal: The benefits and their cost
It can be challenging to weigh or even track what benefits the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment promises against their cost. This infographic lays out what we see as possible positive outcomes... Read more
Wending streams, backwaters and rare forest birds — Come with us to Gores WMA
We're excited to offer two great ways to get to know this beautiful but lesser-known natural area in Hastings: a virtual bird's eye view plus a hands-on habitat restoration outing with FMR ecologists... Read more
Is it safe to swim in the metro Mississippi?
Some river stretches, like the sand flats in Minneapolis, are tempting to swim at. But, should you? The StarTribune and MinnPost dive into this eternal summer question. >>
Why it's time for a new federal river program (MRRRI) that supports farmers
When it comes to agriculture, the proposed Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative would help farmers improve soil, enhance water quality, reduce nutrient loss and boost... Read more
2021 Gulf of Mexico dead zone far bigger than expected
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is three times bigger than it "should" be. Here's what you can do to help restore balance to the Gulf and the Mississippi River.  >>
2021 Environmental Stewardship Institute
FMR's third year of the Environmental Stewardship Institute, themed Resilient Waters: Building Community and Connection, wrapped up with spectacular projects from our high school-aged fellows —... Read more

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