A new river adventure

Living near the Mississippi River is a treat. My wife and I often go to Hidden Falls to sit and watch the river flow. When I went to this years Stone Arch Festival I was pleased to discover a new river adventure. There is a new Water Power Park by St. Anthony Falls (click link for map and details). Here is a quote from their website.

Never before has the general public been able to walk on this piece of land and experience the power of the mighty Mississippi River as it flows over St. Anthony Falls. You feel the power of the river, the spray from the falls as you stand on one of the three overlooks with the skyline of downtown Minneapolis in the back round. (

You can get really close to the water falls as you will witness in this video I shot.

The Outdoor StreamLab is cool

Another feature included in the Water Power Park is the Outdoor StreamLab. The Outdoor StreamLab is part of the University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. The mission of SAFL is to "St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
St. Anthony Falls LaboratoryCourtesy Art Oglesby

"conduct interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research aimed at developing science-based, sustainable, and practical solutions to major societal problems related to the environment, renewable energy, and health.

Visitors to the Water Power Park can view researchers at work in the OSL. This link to the Outdoor StreamLab image gallery will give you a good preview. Click this to see a current aerial image of the Outdoor StreamLab that is refreshed every 30 minutes from SAFL's rooftop camera

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Liza says:

The folks at the St. Anthony Falls lab helped us develop and design the mini golf course in SMM's Big Back Yard. We're also working with them on a project called "Future Earth." Stay tuned for more about that on Buzz...

posted on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 10:23pm

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