EnviroThursday - "Defining a 21st Century Relationship for the Metro Mississippi River"
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
noon - 1 p.m.
Olin-Rice Science Center 250
Speaker: Dr. John Anfinson, former Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Superintendent
For the first time since the Twin Cities’ began, we have a chance to reconsider our relationship with the Mississippi River. We can step back from old visions and their concrete and steel embodiment and choose a different relationship and attach new meaning to the river here. In his presentation, Dr. John Anfinson will begin by setting the context for two separate but connected conversations. The first is about St. Anthony Falls and the second about a stretch of river we call the Gorge, the 8.5 mile reach of the Mississippi River from the falls to its confluence with the Minnesota River. Both conversations are being driven by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers desire to leave three locks and dams that no longer serve navigation. Dr. Anfinson will then review the status of the Corps disposition study process and engage participants in a discussion about the future the metro Mississippi River.