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State of the River 101 for Policymakers

How is the health of the Mississippi River? Can I safely swim in it? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about silver and other invasive carp? How are bald eagles faring? 

At FMR we hear questions like these all the time. That's why we partnered with the National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit to develop the State of the River Report

N. Mpls. riverfront metal shredder required to move!

Northern Metals shredding facility

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the neighborhood surrounding Northern Metals, which is located along the North Minneapolis riverfront, has the highest levels of lead poisoning and asthma hospitalizations in the city. 

Friends of the Mississippi River was pleased to learn today that a settlement has been reached between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the City of Minneapolis and Northern Metals Recycling. Northern Metals has been operating a metal shredder along the Mississippi riverfront in North Minneapolis for several years and part of their operation was temporarily shut down recently when they were caught failing to meet air quality standards required by their state permit.

March 3

Elizabeth Kolbert — 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History'

Join us to hear Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking research on the dynamic between humans and the environment. FMR is proud to be a community partner for this important upcoming event featuring esteemed science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, speaking on her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning book: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.  Discounted tickets are available for FMR supporters.

Survey: What would you like to be called?

FMR is shoring up our advocacy program. In addition to offering opportunities to sign petitions, write letters and speak up at meetings, we're coordinating fun and educational happy hours, training sessions and networking events. We're also amping up our communications to better support our growing community of river advocates. Help name our improved advocacy program and sign up to join us!
February 3

Minnesota Water Action Day

Now more than ever we need your voice to help protect the Mississippi River and water in Minnesota. April 19, join us for a day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water and how they can help protect it.

Join the rally, learn about water issues, meet with legislators — whatever works for you and yours! 

Out of the classroom and into the weeds, woods ... and worms?

Clare shows off the large ragweed plant she pulled out of the native planting at Crosby Farm Park.

This massive ragweed plant is no match for Clare Tipler, the senior from St. Paul Academy who contributed the article below about her experience with FMR field trips. Clare and her class removed invasives from Crosby Park in St. Paul (above), educated their neighbors about river pollution and became citizen scientists for the Mississippi River.

High school senior Clare Tipler shares her adventures working with FMR and her environmental studies class and the surprising lessons learned along the way.

January 3

Big news: Bluffs, shorelines and scenic views protected!

The Mississippi River Gorge from St. Paul by Jim Hudak

Our local national park, the Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River, is now protected by FMR-prompted state rules. (Photo by Jim Hudak)

At long last, new State of Minnesota rules are now in place governing land use and development along the metro stretch of the Mississippi River, a.k.a. our local national park! While allowing for growth and redevelopment, the new rules protect the metro riverfront's natural, scenic and cultural treasures. 

December 27

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