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The Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (LMRWD) updated its Watershed Management Plan in October 2018.  By State Statute, this update occurs every 10 years and local governments must comply with newly adopted standards.  Among the many updates to the Plan, the District established new standards related to land-disturbing activity along the Minnesota River Bluffs and other steep slope areas within the District. To align the City and Watershed District requirements, the City updated its Bluff Protection Overlay Districts and related Code Sections through ordinances adopted on June 1, 2020.

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The map above allows users to identify the extents of the city's bluff standards (green) and where there are additional standards for areas with steep slopes (red).  This map can be displayed in 3D by clicking and holding the right mouse button (or using 2 fingers while navigating on a mobile device).