Community Advisory Committee applications sought by June 9
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 MPRB is currently accepting applications from the general public to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the project. The 17- to 19-member CAC will include appointments from MPRB Commissioners, the MWMO Board, and other elected officials. Download an application from the project website.
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:
In addition to applying to become a CAC member, the public may provide input and stay informed about the project in the following ways: