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Egret flying over river

The Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, the Mighty Mississippi — Which national treasure doesn't yet have a federal initiative to protect and restore it? If you guessed the Mississippi, you’re right. But a new effort has emerged to change that. (Photo by Tom Reiter)

The Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, the Mighty Mississippi — guess which national treasure does not have a federal initiative to protect and restore it? If you guessed the Mississippi, you’re correct. But a new effort has emerged to change that. >>

December 2020

Entertaining and adorable as they are, goats have found a serious and fitting profession in the ecological management world: consuming as much buckthorn and other invasive woody plants as possible. See how successful our crew was at Hampton Woods and learn more about this increasingly popular restoration method.  >>

December 2020
Downtown St. Paul and Mississippi River

FMR welcomes a new director of finance and bids a fond farewell to her predecessor.  >>

December 2020
Harding High Earth Club students at their riverfront restoration and research site in St. Paul.

Looking for educational programming? In addition to in-person and virtual outings spring-fall (health guidelines permitting), FMR offers video presentations and online curriculums to support remote winter learning. >>

December 2020

After years of planning and controversy, the city of Minneapolis has released its coordinated development plan for a mile-long stretch of riverfront. We're offering many ways to learn more and get involved in this pivotal project in the coming days.  >>

December 2020
Tending the prairie at Mounds Park

SuperVolunteer Karen Jenkins helps to restore the prairie triangles at Indian Mounds Park. Karen is one of more than 700 volunteers who joined us this year. (Photo by Dodd Demas for FMR.)

In 2020, volunteers of all ages got their hands dirty with FMR at community volunteer events. Together more than 700 individuals gave a combined 2,674 hours of service to help protect, enhance and restore the health of the river and our local communities despite COVID-19. We're so grateful to our amazing River Stewards!  >>

December 2020

With elections in the books and a revised state budget forecast, it’s time for us to look ahead to the 2021 legislative session in Minnesota. Here’s what's in store for the river and our environment, and how you can get involved as a River Guardian.  >>

December 2020
Take the survey!

FMR has long worked for solutions to the Mississippi's agricultural pollution problem. But a common lexicon is yet to develop in this emerging arena. As an FMR member, we'd love to know what words work for you. >>

December 2020

Pollution from nitrate fertilizers causes severe health problems — for the river and for people — that cost us dearly, as detailed in a new report focused on Wisconsin water supplies.  >>

December 2020

On top of a snowcapped bluff, someone stumbled upon a beautiful river view, leaving only footprints behind in this winter photo prompt. How do you move through this season? We'd love to know. Write to the river by February 1.  >>

December 2020

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