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Nurturing the next generation of water stewards

Council Chair Adam Duininck

I recently had the pleasure of watching crowds of fourth graders engage enthusiastically at the 19th annual Children's Water Festival. The Council's longstanding support of this hands-on, interactive event demonstrates our commitment to water stewardship, both today and in the future. More from Chair Duininck on the festival and the Year of Water Action.

Transportation projects advance for federal funding

Highway construction project

The Metropolitan Council signed off on a slate of metro area transportation projects for federal funding, aimed at improving and expanding the region's transportation system. The $3.9 billion 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program includes highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects.

MCES named 'Utility of the Future Today'

East Bethel Water Reclamation Facility

A partnership of national water organizations recognized the Council's Environmental Services division for its commitment and achievement in a variety of areas, from energy recovery and water reuse to stakeholder relationships and organizational culture. Learn more about the recognition and the agency's mission, vision and outcomes.

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Oct. 13 | 2016

Conference focuses on integrated planning

PlanIt logo

The Metropolitan Council will sponsor a daylong conference for local planners on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Brooklyn Center. The conference will include a dozen sessions from which to choose. Urban designer and writer Julie Campoli will deliver the keynote address. Learn more details and register for the conference.

Small share of Legacy funds directed to 'connecting people and the outdoors'

Teens playing with frisbee in park

The Council has set a minimum percentage of Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy funding to be spent on “connecting people and the outdoors” in the Regional Parks System. The goal is to reverse a decline in participation in outdoor recreation by attracting new users and retaining existing users of the parks and trails. Connecting people and the outdoors is one of the top priorities for the first five years of the statewide, 25-year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. More about the Council's action.

Brooklyn Park: Engaging residents to create a new vision for the community

Headquarters of Target Corp. in Brooklyn Park

Once famous for its potato farms, Brooklyn Park is now the metro area's fourth largest city with more than 80,000 residents. The northwest suburb is the home of Target's corporate North Campus, and by 2021 will be served by five light rail stations on the METRO Blue Line. The city has reached out to residents to help plan for the next stage of growth. This is the first in a series of articles that highlight issues and opportunities facing individual communities in the metropolitan area as they prepare to update long-range comprehensive plans to the year 2040.

Council awards grants for stormwater management projects

The Council awarded three watershed management organizations a total of $107,713 for projects in four communities. These awards bring the total of stormwater management grants made by the Council in 2016 to $1,000,000. 

Street-side rain garden

Blue Line Extension project moves ahead

Riders on Blue Line train platform

A major expansion of access to jobs and opportunities for Minnesotans is one step closer to reality. Environmental reviews for the Blue Line Extension LRT Project are complete. The Metropolitan Council has approved the project’s final scope and budget, and has applied to the federal government to proceed to the next phase of the project. The 13-mile, $1.536 billion project will extend light rail from downtown Minneapolis to Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. Service is scheduled to begin in 2021. Learn about Blue Line Extension progress and next steps.

Next generation learns all about water

Nearly 1,300 fourth graders and their teachers from across the Twin Cities region gathered at the State Fairgrounds on Sept. 28 to participate in the annual Metro Children’s Water Festival. The day is designed to provide students with an interactive, science-based education about water in an outdoor classroom setting. Students participate free of charge. Read about what the next generation of water stewards experienced.

Children learning about erosion

Construction Professionals Career Fair set

Female construction supervisor

The Southwest LRT Project is ready to hire more professional and technical staff now that local funding is secured and the environmental review process is complete. Interested applicants can come to a career fair, 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Southwest LRT Project Office, Sixth Floor, Park Place West Building, 6465 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park. 

Accessibility Advisory Committee deepens impact on transportation decisions

Transit rider in wheelchair

The Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee plays a very important role in advising the Metropolitan Council on how the Council's plans, policies and projects affect people with disabilities. In recent years, the committee has shifted from reacting to plans and projects to shaping them, according to one longtime member. Read about the committee's successful efforts to advance equity for people with disabilities. 

Lalita Williams: Empowering transit riders

Lalita Williams, Transit Service Center Representative

The people who work in Metro Transit's Service Centers don't just sell transit passes and help people find bus schedules. According to representative Lalita Williams, they offer their knowledge about a variety of non-transit resources to visitors and also check up on regulars if they haven't shown up in awhile. Lalita brings a friendly, personal touch to her interactions. She's also a foster parent. Watch the latest Council Close-Ups video.