New Rules Aim to Protect Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

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December 27, 2016 03:23 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced new rules involving development along the Mississippi River that will go into effect next week.

The rules affect a 72-mile river stretch from Ramsey to Hastings.


According to the DNR, the land was designated as a state critical area back in 1976 to protect its scene, environmental and economic values. After prompting from Friends of the Mississippi River, the legislature directed the DNR to come up with a set of new policies to protect the area while still favoring development.

The rules include setback provisions to keep developments away from shoreline areas, building height provisions to preserve natural views, and vegetation and land alteration standards to restore deep-rooted vegetation along the river’s edge and slopes.

The new rules were designed with three key goals: improve protections for water quality, habitat and scenic views; protect existing development and allow redevelopment while protecting key resources; and provide clear standards for landowners.

The rules go into effect Jan. 4.

See the full regulations here.


Jennie Lissarrague

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