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.

Development and land use updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

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Stream Health Evaluation Program starts its 16th year
Dedicated volunteers have been monitoring stream health in the Rice Creek Watershed District since 2006. Their findings, presented to decision-makers each year, helps determine the watershed's future... Read more
Time is running out to stop invasive carp
This spring a silver carp was recorded swimming 35 miles up Minnesota's Mississippi River in a single day. Across the state our news outlets helped highlight what's at risk for our waterways and why... Read more
Can St. Paul's River Learning Center project get back on track?
We've long supported the goal of creating a River Learning Center in St. Paul's Crosby Farm Regional Park. Recent design concepts for the center, however, seemed to disregard community input and... Read more
Think twice before removing that thistle
Not all thistles are invasive in Minnesota. Here's how you can tell if you're looking at one of our five native thistle species and why you should leave those species in the ground.  >>
Where to buy food, drinks made with clean-water crops
We've talked a lot about the environmental and economic promise of crops being developed by the Forever Green Initiative. But some of these crops also make pretty darn tasty treats.  >>
As 'dead zone' forecast rolls in, so do endorsements of a new federal river initiative
Predictions of a 5,000+ square mile dead zone where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need for a major coordinated effort to restore the river. That's why we're so excited to... Read more
Neighborhood takes the lead on restoration
At James I. Rice Park in Minneapolis, a neighborhood community saw a need for restoration of their beloved park and banded together to make it happen.  >>

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