Judy Foster Babcock, long-time Rotarian and president of the Kinni Corridor Collaborative (KinniCC), gave an overview of the history, mission and vision of the Kinni River Corridor Colaborative (KinniCC).
 
With an initiative to work with public and private organizations, as well as individuals, the group seeks to assemble the technical and financial resources needed to implement the current Kinnickinnic River Corridor Plan, while preserving the ecology and beauty of the Kinnickinnic River.
 
The City of River Falls adopted the corridor plan a year ago and launched a community planning effort to take over and privatize a traditionally public project or service. Dubbing themselves a public-private partnership (p3), it started a 20-year process to revitalize and protect the land around the Kinnickinnic River as it winds through the town and surrounding areas.
 
The plan involves what Judie referred to as the five Ps:
  • Nonprofit sector
  • Philanthropic sector
  • Private sector
  • Public sector
  • The people
The KinniCC plans to work together to create an enhanced river corridor in the heart of the community with a free flowing, cold water stream and habitat that everyone can access and enjoy.Sustainability is one of the core values that came through in conversations held over a two-year period leading up to the formulation of the plan.
 
“Whatever we build or change – we want it to be for the long run,” said Judie.
 
The top five activities in the Kinni corridor are hiking or walking, paddling, relaxing along the shoreline, fishing and picnicking.
 
The mission has four parts:
  1. Work collaboratively with public and private organizations
    and individuals
  2. To assemble the technical and financial resources needed.
  3. To implement the current plan.
  4. Preserve and manage the ecology and beauty of the Kinnickinnic River.
“In short, obtain the funds and inspire the people to help implement the plan,” said Judy. “We’ve done what’s needed to form a solid stable organization, with key partnerships in private fundraising and community education. Our board is active and looking to add four to five people. Board meetings are the second Wednesday of the month – and they are public. The action committees welcome volunteers!”
 
Learn more about the plan and think about how you can help.
 

 

PUBLIC INVITED: Removal of the dam in Willow River State Park
Saturday, Feb. 22, 3-4 p.m. with a Q&A to follow

Community Room, First National Bank, River Falls
Aaron Mason, Park Superintendent, will share the experience of drawing down the Little Falls Lake and process of removing and replacing the dam.
Topics will include: why the dam needed to be replaced, what was observed throughout the process, sediment issues, impacts to plant and animal life in and around the lake and downstream, and the process for reconstruction.

 
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