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ST. PAUL, Minn. Ð The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, opens the Tainter gate at Upper St. Anthony Falls lock, in Minneapolis June 20 to reduce the flood risk upstream of the lock. Tracking water quality in the Mississippi Watershed, with MWMO’s Udai Singh -

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is currently working with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) on a project to study the ecological impacts of closing the Lock at St. Anthony Falls. But we thought we’d take the time to better understand how the MWMO tracks water quality in Minneapolis by talking with MWMO Water Resources Director Udai Singh.

Downtown view along Mississippi - Credit Tony Webster under CC BY 2.0 license via http!!!tinyurl.com!j4vpowu River Matters: Unlocking the flow of investment and jobs to the North Side - Join us on April 21st for the first in our series of "River Matters" series. Our first discussion will focus on Minneapolis' North Side, jobs, and the riverfront. Bob Lund, President of THOR Sustainability will be our featured speaker.
ParkCapitolLrg - public domain Addressing equity goals, Park Board’s state bonding request focuses on Upper River -

The 2016 session of the legislature started this week at the Capitol. And we're excited, because the riverfront, and more specifically the Upper River, are at the heart of the Park Board's 2016 bonding request.

Riverfront-Revitalization-Rewind-FBTW Answer: Once a SuperAmerica,
now Edgewater Park stormwater filtration
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In December, we shared our first “Riverfront Revitalization Rewind” contest. And we got two correct guesses. Congratulations to riverfront-area resident Chris Flynn, who correctly identified the site of the SuperAmerica as being at Edgewater Park.

1822-Marshall-St-TornDown---Credit-Robert-Spaulding-for-MRP Signs of progress, parcel by parcel:
1822 Marshall
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Admittedly, on first blush, there's more work to do.  But removing the structure that was there is a first step toward more public uses, and an eventual park.

RamseyExcavating Ramsey Excavating Company parcel set for Park Board acquisition -

On January 18th, the StarTribunereported that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was readying yet another major acquisition of land in the Upper River. We map the site of the acquisition and its context.

Riverfront-Revitalization-Rewind-FBTW Riverfront Revitalization Rewind:
Once a SuperAmerica, now?
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Websites like ours often feature lovely scenes of a city revitalized. But we’re turning that logic on its head. We’re sharing what part of the riverfront looked like before revitalization took place. And it ain’t so pretty.

Pillsbury A Mill Rooftop Patio - Credit Robert Spaulding for MRP Pillsbury ‘A’ mill renovation tour photos -

After a decade of dormancy, the landmark Pillsbury 'A' Mill is being renovated into affordable apartments for artists. As part of their regular meeting, the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board had a tour of the nearly-completed building on November 9th, and we took some impromptu photos of the stunning project that we thought deserved to be shared with you.

Minneapolis Riverfront Summit 2015 - Mississippi River Green Team comes to front to accept award at Film Festival - Credit David Tinjum Riverfront Summit 2015 in Pictures -

We had a great time at the fourth annual Minneapolis Riverfront Summit, and wanted to share a few photos of the event with you!

GluekMansion Mapping the historic resources of the Upper River -

The Minneapolis Riverfront is rich with historic significance. Preserving and interpreting the area’s history has been a major part of the city’s redevelopment efforts for the Central Riverfront as historic sites and stories are a significant draw to visitors. In fact, the opportunity to visit historic sites is one of the top four reasons that visitors choose to visit the riverfront area (Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board, 2009). The Upper River is less well known but is rich with opportunity.

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05/04

Longfellow Community Council River Gorge Committee

The River Gorge Committee works to protect and enhance the Mississippi River Gorge, sponsoring efforts such as the Gorge Stewards, a program of Friends of the Mississippi River. Raises awareness about water quality through promotion of native plants and rain gardens.

05/05

Water Bar & Public Studio Neighborhood Night

Come visit with your neighbors, learn about the Water Bar & Public Studio’s focus on art and sustainability, and sample some local waters on tap served by artists and other community leaders, while enjoying local brews, snacks and activities.

05/12

Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids

Make a playdate with nature and your little one. Participate in sensory learning, science activities, hikes, ideas for home, and more. Stay for an hour or all morning.

05/26

River ecology after the lock closure: return to a more natural river?

Nearly a year ago, in an unusual move, the lock at Upper Saint Anthony Falls was closed to boat and barge traffic. The closure was the result of an act of Congress, designed in part to slow the spread of invasive carp up the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to rivers and lakes beyond.

But inevitably, the closure, and the end of dredging the area for a shipping channel, is having an impact on the area’s ecology. What is the impact on the shape of the river bottom? How are invertebrates and mussels impacted? What is the impact on water chemistry?

08/03

Black Market Brass at Mill City Live

Mill City Live kicks off with Black Market Brass, a 12-piece funk and Afrobeat band from Minneapolis.

Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.

08/10

Dan Israel at Mill City Live

Enjoy a concert of the rock/folk stylings of Twin Cities singer-songwriter Dan Israel, who has been recording and performing for over two decades.

Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.

08/17

Salsabrosa at Mill City Live

Enjoy a summer concert of Afro-Cuban and Latin music with Salsabrosa, led by vocalist Zusel Balbín and pianist Yazmín Bowers.

Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience.

08/24

Jelloslave at Mill City Live

Enjoy an evening with Jelloslave, a quartet with cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, drummer Greg Schutte and Gary Waryan on tablas. The group’s repertoire ranges from jazz to Middle Eastern to Afro-Caribbean to pop, and they are known for their improvisational compositions.

Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.

08/31

Maurice Jacox at Mill City Live

Enjoy an evening of jazz, soul, R&B, gospel and standards with Maurice Jacox, a member of the Twin Cities music scene for over 45 years.

Set in the museum’s dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor concerts every Wednesday night in August by some of the best local artists for a unique happy hour experience. Visit Mill City Museum before or after the show; the concert ticket includes admission to the museum from 4 to 9 pm. Food and drink by D’Amico Catering will be available for purchase.