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May 30, 2018

Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

courtesy of Mississippi Blufflands Trail group
Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

Project 1: Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail.

Project 2: Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.

2018 Identified Need

Project 1: $2 million

Project 2: $550,000 recommended by LCCMR

Project Impact

The Mississippi Blufflands Trail is a proposed 17-mile trail extending from Red Wing to Lake City and winding in and out of the blufflands, wetlands, rock formations, prairie, and the Mississippi River Valley.

Grassroots Initiative

Project 1: In partnership with Mississippi Blufflands Trail advocacy group

Project 2: Recommended by Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Project 1 Bill Status: Not Funded in 2018

Project 2 Bill Status: Passed & Signed

  1. Bonding Bill (HF 4425) introduced that includes an appropriation of $550,000 from the ENRTF for an agreement with the city of Red Wing to be used with other funds to construct an approximate three-quarter-mile-long hard-surfaced segment of the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail along Red Wing’s Mississippi River riverfront from Barn Bluff Regional Park to Colvill Park. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
  2. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  3. Signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded
Project 1$2 million$0
Project 2$550,000$550,000

Other Investment Projects on P&TC's 2018 Legislative Agenda