Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Rulemaking

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$100,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$250,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$250,000
Source: 
Clean Water Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Education/Outreach/Engagement, Restoration/Enhancement, Analysis/Interpretation, Technical Assistance, Mapping
Counties Affected: 
Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Chp. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(l)
Appropriation Language 
$100,000 the first year is for the commissioner of natural resources for rulemaking under Minnesota Statutes, section 116G.15, subdivision 7.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$100,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY14, DNR will revise the draft rule and Statement Of Need And Reasonableness written in 2011 and conduct formal rulemaking to finalize and promulgate the rules.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Chp. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(e)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$250,000
Direct expenses: 
$145,392
Administration costs: 
$8,100
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
DNR will develop rules that protect and manage multiple values of the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
DNR engaged the public and key stakeholders in a comprehensive process to develop draft rule language. The draft rules and SONAR (Statement of Need and Reasonableness) are written; however, the agency lost its authority to conduct formal rulemaking to finalize and promulgate the rules.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Chp. 172, Art. 2, Sec. 5(e)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$250,000
Direct expenses: 
$124,572
Administration costs: 
$13,785
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.0

Project Overview

DNR has been charged by the legislature to develop rules that protect and manage the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) for natural resource, economic development, transportation, historic preservation, and other values. This project engages stakeholder groups in a public process to balance regulatory protections with local flexibility and control.

The rules will replace the outdated Executive Order that currently guides development in the MRCCA. The legislation requires the rules to establish new districts within the MRCCA and to develop minimal guidelines and standards for building, bluff protection, and clean water (stormwater, erosion control, etc) for the districts. These standards must include key resources to be protected or enhanced and they must take into account municipal plans and policies, as well as existing ordinances and conditions. The rule will also address public facilities and subdivision requirements.

About the Issue

In the 1970's a series of Executive Orders established the only "critical area" in the state of Minnesota. The orders recognized the importance of the corridor, a narrow strip of land on either side of the Mississippi River from Dayton and Ramsey to the confluence with the St. Croix River, as a "unique and valuable state and regional resource for the benefit of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the state, region, and nation."

All local governments with jurisdiction in the MRCCA currently have plans and ordinances in place that will need to be updated once the rules are promulgated.

Project Manager

Jennifer
Shillcox
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
55155
651-259-5727