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Tell Minnesota companies to #KeepMNClean and #ProtectOurWater.

Tell Minnesota companies to #KeepMNClean and #ProtectOurWater.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has led many of this legislative session's attacks on our environment. Do the heads of Target, Best Buy, 3M, Medtronic, U.S. Bank, General Mills, Ecolab, Xcel Energy, Hormel and Delta Air Lines know what's being done in their name? Take a moment to help inform them.

May 2017
Bird hike at a restoration site

Birders scan the tree line for movement as FMR ecologist Karen Schik (right) plays a recorded bird call at an FMR habitat restoration site.

FMR has helped to protect and restore a number of first-rate birding spots in the metro. Take advantage of the spring migration season with a visit to our top Mississippi River flyway sites. Whether you’re looking for an urban birding spot, or prefer a location a little more off the beaten path, we've got you covered.

March 2017
Gov. Dayton: Protect Our Water

Should industries be allowed to draft their own environmental impact statements? Should we continue to use lead shot, known for harming bald eagles and other non-target wildlife, when other options are readily available? How about shifting voter-mandated conservation funds to administrative costs?

If you think these are a good idea, you'll love the new version of the Environment and Natural Resources Bill headed to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. 

If not, you'll appreciate the letter we recently signed on to with the Minnesota Environmental Partnership asking Dayton to stand strong and use his veto power.

May 2017

This 2017 Legislature has featured a series of sweeping assaults on our environment, including widespread rollbacks to bedrock environmental finance and policy positions that threaten to undermine water quality and river health throughout the state. Here's where things stand.
 

May 2017

If you know your Mississippi River bridges, this month's photo should be a snap for you.

May 2017

Friday, May 12, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a historically bad omnibus environment bill. It sought to give polluters the right to write their own environmental impact statements, slashed funding for environmental agencies and even prevented cities from banning plastic bags. In short, it threatened to undermine Minnesota’s long tradition of protecting the water we drink and the air we breathe. 

May 2017

A commentary in the May 5 Star Tribune co-authored by longtime FMR Board Member Peter Gove highlights major Minnesota companies that tout their environmental credentials while funding Chamber of Commerce legislation to roll back bedrock environmental protections for Minnesota's lands and waters. ​

May 2017
sumac flea beetle

The adults of the sumac flea beetle emerge in spring to feed on young sumac leaves.

Found on sumac, these beetles have an especially interesting way of protecting their young.

May 2017

More than 1,000 Minnesotans joined us at the Capitol to urge legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton to invest in clean water and protect Minnesota's great outdoors. Now we're keeping up the momentum with the River Guardians and Water Action Daily. 

May 2017
We miss Friends of the Mississippi River Development Officer John Briel!

Development Officer John Briel is on his way to the Windy City. 

FMR is bidding a bittersweet farewell to our longtime and beloved development officer, John Briel.

May 2017

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