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Kinni Corridor Project

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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.


PROJECT UPDATE

2016
 

SEPTEMBER 

City Project Team was created and meets at least monthly. This team will continue to support the project through completion. 
 

Kick-off meeting with staff and consultants was Sept. 1. Project Director Buddy Lucero and other staff meet regularly with consultants to assign workflow and keep project activities on track.
 

OCTOBER
Approved by Council on Oct. 25:

  • Project timeline 

  • Community Engagement Plan

  • Kinni Corridor Project Committee members


A focus group of community members met Oct. 13 to brainstorm ideas for the Project logo. A final logo has been selected with the tagline “Explore. Understand. Engage.”
 

NOVEMBER
Project website is under development and will be launched in December.
 

The first meeting of the Project Committee was Nov. 17. On the agenda: review of the Committee Charter; discussion about mission and vision; a project overview; and introduction to public engagement.
 

The Committee’s second meeting was held Nov. 30 to continue discussion about mission and vision; receive an introduction to Corridor Planning; review Engagement Plan; discuss Committee roles for the December 8th Kick-Off Event; and preview a video to be shown at the event.

DECEMBER
Kinni Corridor Project Community Kick-Off is Thursday, Dec.8, at River Falls Public Library. Seven information and interactive activity stations will be available for attendees to share and learn.

 

 

Corridor Planning Committee
The Committee's charge it 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 process. Members include:

Committee Members

Chris Blasius
CEO
River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau

Rick Bowen
UWRF Athletic Director, retired

Jason Egerstrom
Communications Manager
City of Woodbury

Dave Fodroczi
Executive Director
Kinnickinnic River Land Trust

Gary Horvath
Board member
Trout Unlimited (Kiap-Tu-Wish Chapter)

Rita Kozak
Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Management Program, UWRF
Member, UWRF Kinni Consortium

Patricia K. La Rue
Paralegal

Lisa Moody
Member, City of River Falls Plan Commission

Adam Myszewski      
Member, City of River Falls Utility Advisory Board

Susan Reese
Chair, City of River Falls Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Dan Toland 
Mayor, City of River Falls

Relicensing
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. 

Consultants
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).

Engagement
SEH consultants and City staff are also working to complete a comprehensive community engagement plan, which will begin with the Dec. 8 Open House 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 .