Current Phase: Planning
Implementation: Upon Adoption
The Ecological System Plan framework that has been taking shape this summer is in draft form and the CAC will meet to discuss how/where/when MPRB should plan to bring this framework forward to the community this fall. Please bring your ideas about upcoming engagement opportunities and be ready to give input on presentation and content, just as you did for Phase I engagement!
The next Ecological System Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 4:30-6 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
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The CAC is comprised of both appointed members and meeting attendees from throughout Minneapolis and the MWMO jurisdiction. Its main charge is to contribute to broad community engagement by acting as primary contact for the CAC’s represented communities, and by enhancing the project’s interaction with a wide range of stakeholders.
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