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Vermillion River Corridor Plan

The Vermillion River is an impaired water and a designated trout fishery in Dakota County that flows from rapidly developing suburbs through rural townships and agricultural land to its confluence with the Mississippi River. At the time of this research project, Dakota County was developing the Vermillion River Corridor Plan (VRCP), which was intended to inventory and integrate water quality, recreational use and access, restoration of wildlife habitat, and compatible development. The plan is intended to be a model for a greenway collaborative and a comprehensive green infrastructure plan throughout the County. A graduate student in urban planning worked with the Dakota County Office of Planning to help facilitate the initial development of the plan. The student assembled data and information about zoning, land use, land cover, and floodplain zones; provided preliminary analysis of these data; and worked with the core planning team to develop and implement a detailed work plan, and facilitate initial partnership and stakeholder meetings. The Vermillion River Corridor Plan and process is a model for integrated watershed analysis and land-use planning in communities and watersheds throughout the metro area and the state.

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Dakota County Planning Department
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