Join us Feb. 20 at the Ford Area C dumpsite community meeting

by Colleen O'Connor Toberman

As you may have heard, Ford Motor Company owns an unpermitted dumpsite on the Mississippi River floodplain in St. Paul just upstream from Hidden Falls Park and across the river from Minnehaha Falls Park.

Known as Area C, the dumpsite contains a mix of hazardous industrial waste and construction debris, mounded into a pile and covered with dirt and a concrete cap.

Ford Are C site from across the river

The Ford Area C dump, the yellow-toned area, is a large pile that extends from the bluff towards the river just north of Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul. Within it lie unknown quantities of toxic industrial waste.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) oversees Ford's management of Area C. Thanks to advocacy by FMR and the Capitol Region Watershed District, Ford is expanding its monitoring of the ground and surface water at the site. This includes beginning to test for PFAS (also known as PFCs), a class of chemicals increasingly understood to pose serious environmental and health threats.

A recent Star Tribune article highlighted FMR's concerns, as have several community papers, including the Longfellow Messenger, Midway Monitor and the Villager. 

Join us February 20th

We asked the MPCA to hold a community meeting to share more information about this riverfront dumpsite.

We hope you'll join us to learn more about Area C's history, present conditions, and future:
Area C Community Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 6-8 p.m.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul (accessible via the A Line)

As additional details are released, we'll be sure to note them on the event listing.


RSVPs are not required, but if you plan to attend, we'd love for you to let us know by registering on our event page. If you have any questions, you can also contact Sophie Downey, sdowney@fmr.orgWe look forward to seeing you there!

Stay informed

If you'd like to receive a reminder about this upcoming meeting and other occasional updates, sign up for our Ford Area C e-mail list.

For more information, please visit or contact FMR River Corridor Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman at or 651.222.2193 x29.

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