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Mississippi Headwaters Board

Active dates:1981-
Function: The board was established to identify and protect the natural, cultural, scenic, scientific and recreational values of the Mississippi River's first 400 miles.
History: The Mississippi Headwaters Board established by the counties of Clearwater, Hubbard, Beltrami, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Morrison by agreement entered into on February 22, 1980, pursuant to section 471.59, is established as a permanent board with authority to prepare, adopt, and implement a comprehensive land use plan designed to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and related shoreland areas situated within the counties.

Formed in 1980 as an alternative to designation of the river into the National Wild and Scenic River System, the Mississippi Headwaters Board (MHB) works to protect and preserve the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. (this sentence is from the Mississippi Headwaters Board website, 7/28/11).

From a May 20, 1981 News Release filed in the Board's agency record:
"The signing of the bill, and the subsequent approval by the eight designated counties, marks the first time a local governing body has obtained control of a major United States waterway."
Notes: A joint board of counties.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1981-1985.
Record last updated: 07/28/2011

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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