Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area public information meeting

Minnesota DNRBy Rep. Denny McNamara, 7/14/2014

Hello from St. Paul,

For those of you who are interested in local environment issues, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be holding 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 held at Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center (Spring Lake Park Reserve), at 8395 127th Street East, and will run from 6:30–9:00 p.m.

According to the DNR, the MRCCA stretches 72 miles from Dayton to Hastings and was designated via executive order in the late 1970’s. No formal rules were ever adopted, though, and over the past decade, the executive order has become increasingly outdated and difficult for state and local governments to administer.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.

I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful summer so far! It’s been great seeing so many residents at Strawberry Fest in Cottage Grove, and with Rivertown Days in Hastings coming up I’m hoping to see even more folks at the scheduled events and parade.

Once again this year I’ll be walking door to door to meet directly with constituents in order to learn how they feel about recent happenings at the State Capitol. If I miss you, you can always contact me at or at 437-2597.

I look forward to seeing you at Rivertown Days and please keep in touch!


Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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