Updates and Articles

Governor’s 2017 bonding proposal: $270 million for clean water & habitat

On January 4th, Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced their 2017 bonding proposal. Dubbed the “Jobs Bill,” the proposed $1.5 billion package includes much-needed investments in the Minnesota’s water resources, including drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for communities across the state. Here are some of FMR's top bonding or funding priorities. 

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Nature Notes: Misty mornings on the Mighty Miss

Ever wonder why there's a wintry mist on the water in the morning, but not later in the day? Even when it's still quite cold?

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Mist rising from the Mississippi on a cold December dawn
Out of the classroom and into the weeds, woods ... and worms?

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

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Clare shows off the large ragweed plant she pulled out of the native planting at Crosby Farm Park.
Big news: Bluffs, shorelines and scenic views protected!

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. 

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The Mississippi River Gorge from St. Paul by Jim Hudak
Mystery building near Lake Street Bridge to reduce odors, but stands to be improved

A number of Mississippi Messages readers have contacted us since the leaves fell from the trees about a new building on the river located just north of Minneapolis' Lake Street bridge. We investigated and have some answers, as well as several related questions and concerns.

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Post-election reflection: We're ready for 2017

As always, FMR is ready to vigorously protect the Mississippi River and its water quality in 2017. During this season of gratitude and resolutions for the new year, here's how you can help us safeguard our successes.

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Snowfall at Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area.
Thank you, volunteers! Plus, the best photos from our 2016 event season

The number of Twin Citians passionate about the Mississippi River never ceases to amaze us. In 2016, over 3,700 people pitched in at 98 FMR volunteer events. It was an honor to work with each of you.

Whether you spent a couple of hours picking up trash with us on Earth Day, hauled brush on a Saturday morning, took the "pledge to pull" this spring, or earned full FMR SuperVolunteer status participating in several events throughout the year, thank you!

And please enjoy a few of our favorite photos from the 2016 event season

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Volunteers planting native shrubs along the River Gorge
Red fox: Two paws, one print

The red fox is a common yet fascinating animal in the Mississippi River valley. Winter's a great time to spot their tracks — if you know what to look for.

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Red fox
A banner year for FMR's youngest river stewards

This year, youth from throughout the metro river corridor helped us educate Twin Citians about the connection between our homes and streets to the river, restore important natural areas, and research what works best for local ecological restoration projects. Despite all the thunderstorms, 2016 was a fantastic year for FMR youth programs and accomplishments.

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American Indian Magnet School students help with a cleanup

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Hastings
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul