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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Passed (with a side of controversy): Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriation
On the final weekend of the legislative session, lawmakers finalized $70.88 million in spending from the state’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. It includes some great projects and a... Read more
Courtney Cochran to lead art projects in Water Knowledge Network series
Anishinaabe Artist, filmmaker and community organizer Courtney Cochran will create water-based art with youth and adult participants in our Water Knowledge Network workshop series in Minneapolis this... Read more
How FMR's priorities fared this legislative session
Despite a historic surplus, this year's legislative session was disappointing from FMR's standpoint. Here's where our priorities stand, with a few bright spots included.  >>
Passed: Investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains
Not much made it over the finish line before the legislative session ended on May 23, but lawmakers did pass a bill including new investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains. Here's our... Read more
New York Times spotlights U of M's clean-water crops
The New York Times, as part of its series on "Visionaries" across the country, wrote about the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Donald Wyse and his leading work to develop new, commercially viable clean... Read more
Action Alert: Last call for clean-water crops this session [CLOSED]
We've got a chance to make vital investments in clean-water crops this legislative session! Act now and ask your representatives to make sure these initiatives make it through before the Legislature'... Read more
Proposed federal river initiative in the news from headwaters to the gulf
As the story of the Mississippi as one of "America's Most Endangered Rivers" spread, dozens of journalists shined a spotlight on a potential solution: a proposed federal program to fund Mississippi... Read more
Join us for lock and dam focus-group tours this summer
We're about to begin a big study to consider the future of two locks and dams in the heart of the Twin Cities. We're co-hosting free bike, kayak, boat cruise and walking tours this summer to help... Read more
Mississippi named one of the 'most endangered rivers' in the US
As covered by MPR News, WCCO and other media outlets, the Mississippi River made the list of "America’s Most Endangered Rivers" this week. But a proposed federal program — championed by Friends of... Read more

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