Updates and Articles

DNR sues Minneapolis over riverfront development rules
A riverfront property owner wants to build a home right on the edge of the erosion-prone bluff, breaking the rules Minneapolis adopted to protect the river. But the city approved the plan anyway, setting a concerning precedent. Read more
Rendering of house development on river bluff
Our 2024 legislative priorities
It’s time to finish what we started. Here's what FMR will be working to accomplish at the Capitol this year. Read more
The dome of the Minnesota Capitol building, seen in front of an evening blue sky. Text says "MNLEG 2024."
Renewing the call for a federal river restoration program
A bill to create a place-based, whole-river program Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act was introduced in both the House and the Senate for the first time. Read more
Great blue heron flying over water
Is there enough 'action' in the DNR's new invasive carp action plan?
The Minnesota DNR recently released its updated Invasive Carp Action Plan. We think the plan is mostly good, but we'd like to see more urgency in one key area. Read more
Silver carp jumping behind motor in waterway
FMR's 2023 annual report now available
Our annual report features some of our favorite stories of the year's accomplishments — a joyful collection of photos and reflections, and a celebration of the impact we've had on the river we love. Thank you for powering this work! Read more
Sunset over Grey Cloud Dunes and river, plus text: 2023 Annual Report
The Atlantic takes on Minneapolis 2040
Because of our advocacy for climate-smart dense urban development, national magazine The Atlantic reached out to FMR Land Use & Planning Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman to get our perspective on Minneapolis 2040. Read more
Minneapolis skyline at night
Can pockets of habitat tip the scales in degraded wetlands?
Invasive reed canary grass forms dense monocultures in many wetlands across the Upper Midwest, but we're experimenting with ways to give native wetland plants a better foothold. Read more
Vermillion River flows through reed canary grass
Just released: Read the landmark new report 'Putting Down Roots'
The report, which measures the environmental impact of crops that provide continuous living cover, was produced by FMR, Ecotone Analytics and the Forever Green Partnership. Read more
A hand prods at the bare dirt, prepping for a seed planting. Text says "Putting Down Roots: Analyzing the economic and environmental benefits of  continuous living cover for MN’s farmers, water and climate"
Long-awaited DNR carp action plan released
The DNR has pulled together a roadmap for prevention and management of invasive carp. Is it enough? Read more
Person holds big grass carp in boat
Five things we learned from stream monitoring in 2023
Three teams of volunteers pulled hundreds of samples from streams in 2023, detailing insects and crustaceans present — a key to analyzing stream health over time. Here are five takeaways from our work. Read more
Person in waders samples a stream

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