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The Lower St. Croix River's scenic beauty is in danger if adjoining communities don't start planning development responsibly. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Lower St. Croix: River at risk?


With spring in full bloom, communities lining the Lower St. Croix River -- Afton in particular -- are awaiting an expected surge in tourism that is approaching.

These same communities, however, are also anticipating some problems looming on the horizon for the scenic waterway.

The Lower St. Croix River has been placed on the "American Rivers' 2009 Most Endangered" list, a designation due to recent developments in the river communities.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.