Updates and Articles

What our volunteers and youth accomplished in 2022
Thanks to 959 young river stewards and 1,926 volunteers for joining us to restore habitat, monitor water quality, stencil storm drains, clean up riverbanks and more this year. You made a difference for the river! Read more
Volunteers in front of sunset
What would an undammed metro Mississippi River look like?
How would the removal of Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock & Dam No. 1 change the river? Compare renderings of the metro Mississippi after dam removal with present-day photos. Read more
Lower St. Anthony Falls and downtown Minneapolis skyline, illustrated with more riverbank
What MN election results mean for FMR’s legislative priorities
The 2022 elections are (mostly) behind us, meaning we have a clearer picture of how FMR's legislative priorities may fare. Read more
A person seen only from the waist down walks past a sign that says "Vote Here."
Fall drought in MN, record low Mississippi River down south
Months of drought have reduced the Mighty Mississippi to a shallow trickle in its southern stretch. Read more
Minnehaha Falls as a trickle
Mississippi River diversion pipeline is impractical, study says
Could the Mississippi River refill the Southwest's freshwater reserves? A recent study says the idea of a diversion pipeline doesn't hold water. Read more
Franklin Avenue Bridge and Mississippi River
'Heal with the Earth:' FMR's 2022 mural for water quality
FMR worked with artist Graci Horne this year to create a water quality mural at Lake Phalen: a youth-inspired design showing the hydrogen cycle through life connected by water — Dakota floral, wild rice, animals — up through the atmosphere. Read more
Artist Graci Horne with the completed mural
A vision of sustainable agriculture from Gnometown, USA
The excitement around pea protein business PURIS can show us the path forward for clean-water crops and continuous living cover. Read more
People in protective gear listen to a speaker
FMR signs on to petition calling for protection of native fish
FMR has signed on to a legal petition calling for the protection of all native fish, especially "rough fish" — a catchall term for native species that are less desirable to eat, like buffalo fish or freshwater drum. Read more
Child holds a shorthead redhorse fish
Activating youth leadership through water stewardship programming
Youth leaders at FMR hosted two educational events for our communities, sharpening their leadership skills and engaging other young people in water stewardship activities. Read more
Two people stand with storm drain stencil in front of Como Lake
Fishing for fishers: FMR supports a new study
Why is the fisher expanding its range to the southern part of the state, including the Twin Cities? Why is its population declining? FMR is partnering on a University of Minnesota study of this elusive member of the weasel family to help find out. Read more
Fisher climbing over log

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