In June 2003, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution brought together 27 stakeholder organizations to develop a project that balanced the region’s environmental, traffic safety, and historic preservation needs.
The stakeholders represented community, state and federal regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, historic preservation interests, economic development interests,
and local governments from both sides of the river.
For three years, the group studied more than a dozen different plans. This exhaustive community process and the in-depth professional analysis provided to the group revealed serious and disqualifying flaws in all options other than the plan that is currently proposed. The St. Croix River Crossing plan was approved by 26 of the 27 stakeholders.