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Scientists predict the formation of an enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, and some of the blame lies right here in Minnesota. Find out what links us to an ocean half a continent away, and how we can help.  >>

July 2019

FMR River Corridor Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman recently attended the first Upper Harbor Terminal community learning table. Community members brought many concerns and ideas about this important and large-scale riverfront development in north Minneapolis (shown filling in with plant-life above). Now the question is how city leaders will respond. >>

July 2019

Jeff Aguy (left) and Paul Bauknight (right) are the newest members of the FMR Board of Directors.

FMR is thrilled to welcome two new board members to our team. Jeff Aguy and Paul Bauknight join the board with a wealth of experiences, passion and expertise. >>

July 2019
Young child is playing with rocks along the bank of the Mississippi River

Photo by Tom Reiter.

By switching to recurring monthly contributions, FMR Mississippi River Sustainers ensure the health of our hometown river. This convenient way to support FMR provides ongoing, reliable revenue to help protect, restore and enhance the mighty Mississippi. >>

July 2019

After decades of delay, Minnesota’s Groundwater Protection Rule aims to protect public health by addressing fertilizer contamination in groundwater. This is the first time our state has exercised its regulatory authority over cropland agriculture to protect water quality. >>

July 2019


Seeing birds is good for our mental health. Lucky for us Twin Cities metro residents, we live in a major flyway. Thanks to all the volunteers, donors and advocates who help us protect this important ribbon of habitat!

July 2019

The Army Corps has scheduled public meetings for August 13 and 19 to discuss the upcoming disposition study for the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. Should it continue to operate? Who should own it?  >>

July 2019

Akia Vang, our Green Team Alumni summer intern, did a little bit of everything in our office and out in the field, all in two short weeks. (Photo: Tom Reiter and Will Stock for FMR)

Akia Vang, our Green Team Alumni summer intern, woke up early to survey breeding birds and stayed late to assist at volunteer planting events. Akia stayed busy during his two short weeks with us.  >>

July 2019

New research from Cornell University suggests that methane emissions from fertilizer production facilities may be 100 times greater than industry estimates. In fact, it might be greater than the U.S. EPA’s estimate for all national industrial processes combined.  >>

July 2019
FMR staff and volunteers work at 2019 Earth Day Clean-up

FMR intern Daniel Schmidt, left, helped with the 2019 Earth Day river gorge cleanup. (PIctured here with FMR outreach assistant Sophie Downey, FMR outreach coordinator Amy Kilgore and FMR volunteer Kelly Neal.)

This year we hosted DeLaSalle senior Daniel Schmidt as an intern, who not only helped with a variety of projects but also created his own documentary about major environmental issues and what you can do about them.  >>

July 2019

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