Believe it or not, March 20th marks the first day of spring! That means we're ramping up for event season and we've got plenty of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty with FMR. Join us to protect and restore local natural areas or rally for the river! >>
Super Volunteers Stacy and Allan. Photo by Anna Botz for FMR.
After a long winter, our spring prompt inspired writing about the Mississippi River coming back to life; its music, its ice-free movement, and the return of all who call it home. Check out the spring edition! >>
Inver Grove Heights residents, including many FMR River Guardians, helped save this park!
After hearing from dozens of community members (including many FMR River Guardians), the Inver Grove Heights city council unanimously voted to save River Heights Park on Monday, May 14.
The council had been considering carving up and selling the 7.5-acre undeveloped natural area as three 2.5-acre lots for housing developers. Instead, the city, FMR and neighbors are going to work together to make the park more accessible — adding a park sign and bench, with details to be determined — while keeping it a natural area and restoring important bird habitat. >>
It's the last week of Minnesota's 2018 legislative session and your support is needed! Ask Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators to make five changes to the bonding bill to better support clean water and parks. >>
Join us for a collaborative art project to make visible and celebrate the personal relationships we have with the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. We invite you to tell us about how a meaningful change in your life relates to the Mississippi River. In honor of FMR's 25th anniversary year, we're kicking off the map with 25+ stories! >>
In January, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5 billion capital investment or "bonding" bill. Dubbed the “Jobs Bill,” the package included much-needed investments in Minnesota’s water resources, including drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for communities across the state. >>
Whether you give a little or a lot, every dollar makes a difference.
Charitable contributions to FMR help ensure a healthy Mississippi River and community — no matter the amount of your gift. Check out just a few examples of how your gift has an impact. >>
Gov. Mark Dayton has fulfilled his promise to veto the wild rice bill (HF 3280)!
The bill would have abolished a longstanding state water quality sulfites standard. It would have violated the federal Clean Water Act, inevitably inviting litigation and turmoil into an already challenging situation. >>
An April prescribed burn rolls through a blufftop prairie at the Flint Hills Pind Bend Bluffs property. (Photo by Karen Schik.)
Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes those familiar signs of life: plants begin to green, flowers bloom, migrating birds return, and fires burn through the prairies at FMR restoration sites!
Learn more about how we use fire to restore wildlife habitat, and the impact of a recent unplanned fire on an FMR restoration site. >>