'State of the River Report' Launch + Presentation

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Science Museum of Minnesota

How is the health of the Mississippi River? Can I safely swim in it? Is water pollution improving? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about Asian carp? Do I need to be concerned about bacteria in the river? How are bald eagles faring?

At FMR we hear questions like these all the time. That's why we've partnered with the National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit (MNRRA) to update "State of the River Report," first released in 2012, for a current look at the river.

Join us on this special evening at the Science Museum of Minnesota as we launch and present this newly updated report. The State of the River Report will provide a clear, concise snapshot of the health of the Mississippi River. Based upon a broad range of water quality and aquatic ecosystem data, the report zooms in on the status and trends of key indicators of river health highlighting the swimming, fishing, aquatic life and emerging contamination issues facing the river as well as priority solutions for each.

We are excited to launch this long-awaited follow up report at the Science Museum of Minnesota. After a brief introduction, the report's principal authors FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell and Water Quality Coordinator Lark Weller— of our local unit of the National Park Service will quickly and concisely summarize a wealth of water quality and aquatic ecosystem data. From Asian carp to bacterial contamination, eagles to swimmability, Trevor and Lark will cover key trends and emerging issues that impact the river as well as provide an overview of potential solutions to protect our river and its watershed. The second half of the event will feature a hosted conversation or panel discussion with Trevor, Lark and additional water quality experts involved in the making of the report. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute questions. 

Claim your seat now!

We do expect this event to reach capacity, so please claim your seat now via Eventbrite, but please claim only the number of tickets you can account for. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with additional details and directions. Feel free to email additional friends and family the link to sign up.

Eventbrite - 'State of the River Report 2.0' Launch + Presentation

Can't make it?

Join us October 3, at Fair State Brewing Co-op for a brief overview of the report's key findings. Learn more and register now at http://fmr.org/events/2016/10/03/state-river-fair-state-brewing-co-op!


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x31.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit (MNRRA), Science Museum of Minnesota St. Croix Research Station, City of St. Paul Public Works Department and special thanks to the Science Advisory Committee.

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