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Kinnickinnic River Corridor Plan
In late 2013, the City initiated a process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to relicense two hydroelectric facilities on the Kinnickinnic River. In 2016, FERC granted the City a five-year license extension, allowing the corridor planning process to move forward. In August 2018, the City must notify FERC on whether the City will relicense or surrender the license to operate the dams. 

The City of River Falls has embarked on a three-year, multi-phased process that will lead to a comprehensive long-term plan for the Kinnickinnic River Corridor. At its July 12, 2016, meeting, the River Falls City Council voted unanimously to approve SEH as the project’s consultants. SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.), established in 1927, is an employee-owned company of engineers, architects, planners, and scientists serving public and private sector clients. Subcontractors for the project include IMO Consulting Group (water resource engineering); TRC (hydroelectric regulatory experts); and Inter-Fluve (river assessment and restoration).

Corridor Planning Committee
SEH and City staff has begun assembling a Corridor Planning Committee to formulate the project’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives; identify issues related to the project; assess, review, and identify gaps in the information gathered; and provide guidance and direction throughout the information-gathering and planning processes. 

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete this form.

SEH consultants and City staff are also working to complete a comprehensive community engagement plan, which will begin with an Open House this fall and continue throughout the planning process with various large and small group meetings, informal discussions, working groups, online and in-person surveys, visioning sessions, and design review sessions.

Questions? Please contact Project Director Buddy Lucero at (715) 426-3423 or