River

Regulations that prevent tree clearing and building too close to the river serve to keep the St. Croix beautiful and scenic for everyone.

A bare-bones document, the Lower St. Croix River Act of 1972 required additional appropriations before it was close to fully implemented, and it was another four years before the formal protection plan would be approved by the National Park Service. In the meantime, the nation was riveted by the Watergate hearings, Gerald Ford replaced Richard Nixon as President, and development pressure along the St. Croix loomed large. 

When the dust settled and the Lower St. Croix Master Plan was completed in 1976, community and government leaders had a new cooperation-based toolkit for protecting the lower St. Croix River’s astounding scenery, clean water and ecological values. In the years since, those tools have served the river well overall--though not without conflict.

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