Current Phase: Planning
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing the first-ever Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.
The Ecological System Plan is in the very early stages of planning and community engagement. We have established a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that will work with MPRB and MWMO staff to help ensure the plan benefits from the broadest possible community input. Four CAC meetings occurred between the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. The process was put on hold to address other necessary community discussions in 2015 and 2016, but is set to restart and continue throughout 2017.
March 28, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 14, 2015
December 4, 2014
August 27, 2014
August 7, 2014
May 23, 2014
May 21, 2014
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The CAC is comprised of 19 members [PDF] from throughout Minneapolis and the MWMO jurisdiction. Its main charge is to help ensure broad public understanding of and input into the plan.
The public may attend CAC meetings. Time for general public comment will be reserved at the end of each meeting
In the spring and summer of 2017, we will host a variety of engagement events out in the community and in the parks. We are still working on exactly where we will be, so check back later for more details.
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ECOLOGY: the study of home
This photograph was taken in 1972 from the window of Apollo 17. It's called the "Blue Marble." This is the last image of the whole earth taken by a person, and it came at a time of environmental awakening for our nation. It got us thinking about home - our home, our region, our city. What is our home environment really like? And how can we make it even better?
Urbanization can be a problem for natural systems. Increased pavement, vehicle traffic, higher urban temperatures, and general use can negatively impact urban waterways, green spaces, and the air. Cities, however, can help solve many of the problems they create - if managed properly.
The Ecological System Plan will seek to first understand the ecology of the city and watershed, then plan for parks and public lands management and improvements that benefit both humans and nature. It will address specific threats such as climate change, decreasing water quality, explosion of invasive species, increasing runoff, and fragmentation of habitat. It will envision a more environmentally sound way of managing the impacts of the city, so that the city can be cleaner, greener, cooler, and more efficient.
Specifically, the ecological system plan will:
General O&M Funds
Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization