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River Hub: News from the Minneapolis Riverfront

Our weekly digest of news relating to the Minneapolis Riverfront, in collaboration with The Great River Coalition:

WEEK OF MAY 13, 2019

‘Share the River Nordeast’ Canoe Event Returns on June 26
Experience the Mississippi River in an evening of community, canoeing and cookies.

Write to the River — Spring 2019 call for submissions
Write to the River is a creative writing project to inspire artistic engagement with our river environment.

Show your favorite river spots some love and vote for them in the River Travel Magazine Best Of contest
River Travel Magazine is announcing the 2019 Best of The River contest, this survey is focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Spring Birding on the Mississippi Flyway
Watch for the earliest spring migrants along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis while walking with an MPRB naturalist.

Would you like to see Minneapolis from a new perspective? Would you like to help some students learn about how the city used the great waterfall? Please consider volunteering with the new and improved Journey to the Falls field trip.
Assist park rangers and the Minnesota Historical Society in leading a student activity operating hand mills, and interpreting artifacts and ruins. Work will be with field trip students (grades 4-6). Volunteers will meet at Mill Ruins Park in downtown Minneapolis.

WEEK OF MAY 6, 2019

Bite Back: An edible invasives potluck
While we feast on homemade garlic mustard pesto, quiche and more, Friends of the Mississippi ecologist Alex Roth will tell us how garlic mustard and other invasives impact the Mississippi River and local ecology.

New Issue: Open Rivers Spring Edition
This issue, brings together “an alarmingly beautiful set of calls to action, meditations on, and new directions toward our relationship with injustice and water” to offer some insight into these questions.

10th Avenue Bridge repairs expected to start in the fall
While the project will cause closures, improvements will make the bridge safer for bikers and pedestrians, officials say.

Coming in June: Share the River Nordeast 2019
In addition to learning to paddle on the river, participants will also have opportunities to learn about the Mississippi River’s history, water quality, plants, animals and more.

Update: Clean Water Fund bills pit key water programs against one another
These bills, the House and Senate "Clean Water Fund" bills have major differences between them, with significant implications for programs that impact the health of the Mississippi River, FMR's top legislative priorities.6

How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?
The 48-acre sliver of land in the Mississippi River beside downtown is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that’s just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

Sub-Mississippi River water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering
Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River to keep one of the city's most important drinking water pipes safe from the elements.

Memorial in Minneapolis will offer a place of healing for sexual assault survivors
Advocate plans space at Boom Island Park in northeast Minneapolis.

Friends of the Mississippi River Annual Report Now Online
Media rich interactive report a leap forward for, well, these kind of things.

25 ways you can help the river
Whether it’s unclogging a storm drain or lobbying at the Capitol, we hope you’ll find something new to try on this list of 25 ways you can help the river.

Outdoor & Nature Programming at Kroening Interpretive Center

Watch: 'Paddle Share' Is 'Nice Ride' On The Mississippi
You can now enjoy being on the Mississippi River even if you don't own a boat or canoe.

WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2019

Watch & Read: April 2019 Flooding at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL)
Thanks to the flooding Mississippi River, with its 42,000 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) flow, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Research Associate Jess Kozarek was able to paddle a kayak on 22 inches of water covering SAFL's basement floor.

Friends of the Mississippi 2018 Annual Report
Friends of the Mississippi invites you to enjoy their interactive online annual report. 

Minneapolis plans to refurbish aging 10th Avenue Bridge over Mississippi River
After 90 years, things start to wear out. That's the case with the 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River parallel to Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis.

Sub-river water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering
Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River.

Flying silver carp are discovered in the St. Croix River
Earlier this week, some commercial fishers on the St. Croix River, not far from Prescott, Wisconsin, hauled up their nets and found they’d snagged a little something extra.

Latest capture of silver 'flying' carp on St. Croix is 'disappointing' to DNR
An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.

#FindYourPark: Islands of Peace
There are three islands in the Mississippi River between Fridley and Brooklyn Center, known collectively since 1971 as the Islands of Peace.

Demonstration prairie planting on Nicollet Island
Working together on Nicollet Island, FMR staff and volunteers will dig in and plant over 600 native prairie plants! These prairie plugs will be planted in two 150-square-foot raised bed gardens along the newly installed pedestrian trail.

WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019

Minneapolis residents, there is still time to help shape the Upper Harbor Terminal development!
The Minnesota Legislature is considering $2 million in public bonds for a privately-operated concert venue at Upper Harbor Terminal on the North Minneapolis riverfront, within Above the Falls Regional Park.

Using Science and Engineering to Clean Up Downtown Minneapolis’ Dirty Stormwater Runoff
It’s spring, one of our dirtiest times of year in the stormwater management world. It’s the time when all that trash and pollution that gathered on the landscape and got buried under the snow starts to re-surface. Melting snow piles and rain mobilize that pollution, often before the street sweepers or other spring clean-up efforts can get out to address the problem.

Breaking Ground on New Green Infrastructure Projects in the Watershed
Here at the MWMO, the vast majority of our annual budget goes toward green infrastructure projects — landscape features that capture, treat and/or reuse stormwater runoff. This is the time of year when our projects begin to break ground, and we’ve got an exciting slate of projects lined up for 2019.

Riverfront development plan could redo St. Paul skyline
Riverfront development plan could redo St. Paul skyline.

River Related Job Openings

Mississippi Park Connection: Retired or substitute teachers for seasonal part-time paid positions as River Educators.

National Park Service: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is hiring a permanent full-time Cultural Resources Program Manager.

Earth Day Riverfront Events

Mississippi River Gorge: Annual River Gorge Earth Day cleanup

Father Hennepin Park: Earth Day Clean Up 2019

Boom Island Park: 2019 5K Bee Run - Earth Day Fun Run/Walk/River Cleanup


Now Showing: Riverlines at MWMO
MWMO is hosting a new exhibit of abstract paintings that illustrate a deep connection with the Mississippi River. Local artist Annie Hejny has brought her exhibit "Riverlines" to our Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

Photos: Mississippi River continues to rise in St. Paul
The Mississippi in Saint Paul reached its flood crest last Sunday at almost 20 feet. Here's what it looked like:

Write to the River — Spring 2019 call for submissions
After record snowfall and persistent river ice, the first signs of spring have finally arrived: longer days, intense sunlight, pools of meltwater and flood warnings. How does spring along the river affect you? We'd like to know.

April 20: Mississippi River Care - Father Hennepin Bluffs
Join your neighbors and people working nearby as we care for our Mississippi River together. Take a healthy break helping clean up our Mississippi riverfront; learning about the future of the Mississippi and how you can make a difference; and having fun with other people in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Good for your community, good for your environment, and good for you!

April 20: Annual River Gorge Earth Day cleanup
All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event providing an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you!


Watch: Annual Eagle Survey on the Mississippi River
"Every year we monitor the park's bald eagle population by locating nests via helicoptor and assessing how many chicks are in each nest. Our annual survey is happening next week!”

Report: Protecting Mississippi headwaters has big payoff
A new study of the upper Mississippi River suggests the economic benefits of preserving critical land in the river's headwaters region could significantly outweigh the cost.

Increasing pollution sparks plan to restore Mississippi River headwaters
Guarding Mississippi seen as less costly than cleanup.

With ice retreating, Mississippi River primed for traffic still stuck downstream
Flooding downstream on the Mississippi means towboats can't travel north.

Mississippi River flooding could cost St. Paul $750,000
Public works crews have built the barriers along the Mississippi River downtown.

Minnesota rivers continue to creep up, but flooding remains moderate
A slow melt and lots of preparation have minimized the damage.

WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019

'Water Works' project reimagines downtown Minneapolis Mill District
Construction on a two-phase, $30-million downtown park project will start as soon as conditions allow, according to Kate Lamers, a project design manager with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.

Water Works Update: Mezzanine Phase
First proposed in 2011, the Water Works project has seen several design concepts, finally settling on something fairly close to the original from December 2011 (watch video below):

Upper Harbor Terminal - Where do we go from here?
Despite many concerns raised by community residents and FMR's River Guardians, the Minneapolis City Council has approved the concept plan for the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site in North Minneapolis.

In changing north Minneapolis riverfront, mushroom farm fights to fit in
Since 2015, Mississippi Mushrooms has cultivated several varieties in the middle of the former Upper Harbor Terminal.

St. Paul braces for Mississippi River flooding with emergency declaration
The City Council approved Mayor Melvin Carter's emergency declaration.

Red Bull’s High-Flying Flugtag Event Returns to St. Paul This September
The last time St. Paul hosted the human-powered aircrafts competition was in 2010, when a team set the world record for furthest distance traveled.

Red Bull Flugtag event returning to St. Paul this fall
Mayor Melvin Carter parachuted onto Harriet Island to spread the news.

WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2019

Stone Arch Bridge slated to be closed this week for electrical repairs
Maintenance and repairs on overhead power lines will close the downtown Minneapolis pedestrian and bike bridge Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday - Welcome Back the Herons at Marshall Terrace Park
Great blue herons start returning to their rookery on the Mississippi River toward the end of March. Join Park Ranger Sharon (aka Birdchick) at Marshall Terrace Park in Minneapolis to watch them rebuild nests and do a little flirting. With any luck, you may also see the resident peregrine falcons fly over, as well as migrating ducks such as the buffleheads and goldeneye.

April 10: Water Action Day 2019
Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

Coming Soon: Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour
Hungry for an off the beaten path Minneapolis food experience? Join us as we explore one of the city's trendy and historical neighborhoods, the Mill District and St. Anthony on Main in Northeast Minneapolis.

Map Monday: An Urban Transit-Type Portrayal of the Upper Mississippi
The above map shows the start of the Mississippi River in the upper left corner, down to Minneapolis and St. Paul, and then toward Wisconsin.

WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2019

Spring Cleaning: Mississippi River Care: Father Hennepin Bluffs
Take a healthy break helping clean up our Mississippi riverfront; learning about the future of the Mississippi and how you can make a difference; and having fun with other people in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

Experience the Mississippi River Paddle Share
Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who don’t own a boat and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. See how easy it is to use the Paddle Share in this short video.

Job Opening: National Park Ranger at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The duties are primarily staffing and providing support for the Mississippi River Visitor Center and Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam visitor center.


Minneapolis City Council approves concept plan for riverfront project
The redevelopment would be one of the city's biggest projects in recent years.

Mpls. council backs concept for riverfront development
The Upper Harbor Terminal plan concerns 48 acres of riverfront. It envisions entertainment facilities and affordable housing, and it would restore river access to nearby neighborhoods.

With Minneapolis' first amphitheater, city walks fine line between national and community attraction
Minneapolis riverfront plan has raised concerns for North Siders about their role in redevelopment.

Despite opposition, Minneapolis approves Upper Harbor Terminal amphitheater concept
Residents of North Minneapolis say their views have been ignored during the process.

Everything You Need to Know About Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal Project—And What Happens Next
The massive plan to turn 48 acres of riverfront land into housing, businesses and an outdoor performance venue was approved Friday. Here's a look at the costs and the challenges ahead.

Wednesday: Working River Tour: Mpls Drinking Water Plant
Ever wonder how the water you drink every day gets to your tap? Join us for this unique tour of The Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Service (WTDS) located along the Mississippi River.


See the Mississippi River in its natural flow state

City Council committee approves N. Mpls. riverfront development 'concept plan'

Minneapolis City Council panel advances North Side riverfront development, with pledge to listen

After leading a Minneapolis riverfront revival, MSR Design heads downtown


Upper Harbor Terminal vote postponed again as opponents seek changes

Shriners campus near Mississippi River in Minneapolis is for sale

Welcome Back the Herons March 23 with the Mississippi Park Connection

Full funding secured to repair Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge repairs fully funded

Caution: Bridge closings coming in 2020

A Drone’s Eye View of the Watershed

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