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Letter to the editor: Attend DNR river meeting July 24

For those of you who are interested in local environment issues, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting in Hastings on Thursday, July 24, to present information and receive comments on proposed rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA).

The event will be  from 6:30-9 p.m. at Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center (Spring Lake Park Reserve), 8395 127th Street East.

According to the DNR, the MRCCA stretches 72 miles from Dayton to Hastings and was designated via executive order in the late 1970s. No formal rules were ever adopted, though, and over the past decade, the executive order has become increasingly outdated and difficult for state and local governments to administer. In 2009 and 2013, the Legislature directed the DNR to replace the executive order with rules establishing new districts and updated land development standards that sustain key natural, scenic, cultural and economic resources and features.

Meeting attendees will be able to learn more about the draft rules, including key topics such as vegetation management, land alteration, setbacks, nonconformities, and shoreline facilities. DNR staff will also be available to explain how the draft rules might affect individual properties. If you are interested in the future of the MRCCA, please join me at this event on July 24 and make your voice heard.