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Mississippi River Critical Area

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Neighbors save River Heights Park

The city of Inver Grove Heights was considering selling River Heights Park, part of our local Mississippi River national park, for housing. But neighbors stepped up to defend it, and with a little support from FMR, the park has been preserved!

Inver Grove Heights is a valued FMR habitat restoration partner and we look forward to continuing our work together.

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River Heights Park, Inver Grove Heights
Action alert: Lower the building height of Minnehaha Academy's expansion!

Minneapolis residents: Speak up before May 25 to ask your city councilmembers to lower the building height of Minnehaha Academy's proposed expansion in the Mississippi River Gorge. >>

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What's your city planning for its riverfront? Find out and weigh in.

Cities up and down the metro Mississippi are busy finalizing their local river corridor plans, but there's still time to weigh in. Some deadlines to submit comments are fast approaching, including July 17 for Cottage Grove and July 22 for Minneapolis. Learn where your city's at in its process and how you can have your say in the shape of your future local riverfront. >>

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View from River Oaks in Cottage Grove
Save River Heights Park... again.

Just eight months ago, FMR teamed up with neighbors to help save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Now the park is on the chopping block once again. And the neighbors and FMR are back in action. >>

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A picture of River Heights Park
Think nationally, plan locally: How to get involved with Mississippi River planning
Help your community plan for a healthier and more vibrant Mississippi River that is welcoming and accessible to all! Attend an FMR workshop about river corridor planning at the city and township level. Read more
Help us identify the river views we need to protect

Upper Mississippi River from Pine Bend SNA

Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Let's help our cities compile the best list possible!

Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell us about yours or help by contributing a needed photo. >>

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vermillion River Linear Park, Hastings
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Mississippi River Gorge Sand Flats, Minneapolis