Preserve the Valley. Save the Spring.

We Need Your Help.
Let’s Do This Together.

 The History

The earliest recorded mentions of springs and seeps around what is now Eden Prairie come from mid-19th century government surveys, and the diaries and memoirs of the area’s first Euro-American settlers. Based on these sources, it is known that springs and seeps occurred in relative abundance in the Minnesota River valley areas, and these sources of clean water were highly sought after.

William Fredrick moved the spring access to its current location and built a wooden tank to contain the spring’s waterflow in 1880. Arthur Miller acquired the spring in 1968 and donated it to the City of Eden Prairie in 1969. The City made improvements to the site in 1972 and in 2003. Fredrick-Miller Spring is located on the east side of Spring Road, one-quarter mile north of Flying Cloud Drive. The site includes an access turnout for automobiles and a trough for year-round use.

Our Mission

On Spring Rd in Eden Prairie, a housing development led by Pulte Homes called the Noble Hill Project, is slated for the property just adjacent to Riley Creek, the Fredrick Miller Spring, and the Prairie Bluffs Preserve. With a housing development coming in the concern is erosion to the creek banks, pollution to the creek, water table, and spring, loss of habitat for endangered bird and bee species, and a lost opportunity to engage with the historical and cultural aspects of this unique place. Spring Valley Friends is actively fighting the 5/4 decision by Eden Prairie City Council to deny the citizens petition for an EAW and rezone the property for development. The objectives of Spring Valley Friends is to raise funds for lawyer fees, complete the EAW, and acquire the land in trust to be used as a biodiversity park and native cultural center. We are working with multiple organizations to create an educational and cultural experience as an alternative to development.

Preserve the Valley.
Ecological Importance.

Honor the Spring.
Cultural Significance.

How Can You Help?

By donating you are helping us fight back against development fatigue and environmental destruction. Your dollars say yes to preservation over profits by investing in an opportunity to save the last accessible and drinkable spring in the state of MN, repair the adjoining creek, and hold space for the next generation of environmental conservationists, historians, and indigenous cultures. 

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What is at risk?

The MN Indian Affairs Council said: Newly gathered information reports LiDAR anomalies on the property that have the potential to be mortuary related, which raises several concerns. The recommendation is consultation with the MIAC and the Office of the State Archaeologist on further investigating the LiDAR findings before moving forward with any development. Click to read the full comments.
The DNR said: An imperiled plant community was identified on the site, all prairie remnants merit protection,only 1% of prairie land remains in MN, and it is unclear how mass grading will impact the sensitive areas. The recommendation is for local governments to prioritize these types of sites for preservation. Click to read the full comments.

Speak for the Springs.
Preservation over Profits.

Why volunteer with us?

  • Get in on the ground floor of a growing environmental advocacy group.
  • Take action on your values: Conservation, preservation, cultural heritage, etc.
  • Work with a dedicated team of professionals from various walks of life.
  • Network and create alliances.
  • Do your part to save one of the last accessible and drinkable spring in the state of MN!
Riley Creek

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