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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
Welcome to FMR's pages on the Mississippi River Critical Area! This page collects and organizes all of FMR's resources on the Critical Area for easy reference We suggest you might begin by looking through each section of the overview directly below to learn more about what Critical Area is, what's being done to improve it, and why it's important.
PART 1. Critical Area Overview and History (1976-)
The genesis, geography, evolution and significance of the Mississippi River Critical Area.
PART 2. The Path to Critical Area Modernization (2007-2009)
The DNR studies the effectiveness of the Mississippi River Critical Area, and legislation is subsequently passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Pawlenty in 2009 to modernize the Critical Area program.
PART 3. Critical Area Rulemaking Process (2009-2011)
The DNR, at the behest of the legislature and Governor, undertake a rulemaking process to modernize Critical Area standards.
PART 4. Defending the Critical Area (2011)
Attempts are made to dilute or repeal the Critical Area program at the Capitol - and what you can do about it.