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Mississippi River meets the St. Croix River

The confluence of the Mississippi River (bottom) and the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River (top) near Hastings shows a stark contrast in water quality. (Photo courtesy of United States Geological Survey)

For our special places feature this month, we highlight the confluences of the Minnesota and the St. Croix with the Mississippi, two tributaries that make our river mighty.  >>

November 2018
Students remove garlic mustard from the Mississippi River gorge in Minneapolis

Andersen United Community School students have removed garlic mustard from the Minneapolis gorge for the past three years. This year, they beat the FMR record for amount of plants removed at one event. In two hours, 82 students removed 23 bags of garlic mustard.

A giant thank you to the hundreds of young river stewards who helped us protect and restore the mighty Mississippi this year.  >>

November 2018

As we close our 25th-anniversary celebration, we're sharing this list of 25 ways you can help the river. Whether it's unclogging a storm drain or lobbying at the Capitol, we hope you'll find something new to try, maybe even a New Year's resolution. >>

November 2018
Black-capped chickadee on branch

Black-capped chickadees eat insects, some of which have evolved to survive on certain native plants and not others. Without those native plants, chickadee populations decline. (Photo by Patrick Ashley, Creative Commons, Flickr)

Native plants are for the birds! A recent study shows chickadee populations decline in residential yards filled with non-native plants, meaning even your backyard can provide crucial habitat.  >>

November 2018

Thanks to McKnight Foundation President Kate Wolford for highlighting the work we do at FMR to shift the way we farm in Minnesota to better protect the Mississippi River. >>

October 2018
Bao Phi performs a poem

Bao Phi performs a poem about the Mississippi at FMR's annual fall event. (Photo by Anna Botz)

Read and watch the poem Bao Phi wrote for our annual fall event, The River Inspires: An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River, on September 20, 2018.  >>

October 2018

MinnPost recently published a commentary by FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark and Fresh Energy Executive Director Michael Noble on why we initiated a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota. >>

October 2018

Climate change is predicted to increase nitrate pollution from cropland in the corn belt by as much as 24% over today’s levels.  >>

October 2018

Our friends over at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization recently posted a great article featuring tips for fall yard care.

Check out their blog post to learn why what’s good for your yard is good for our waters! >>

October 2018
A map showing the former Scherer Brothers site and the parcel Graco may purchase from the park board.

Pictured is the piece of park board-owned land that Graco may be allowed to purchase. This is part of a pending settlement between Graco and the park board over East Bank Trail land. Source: Minneapolis Park Board

The Minneapolis Park Board and Graco Inc. are nearing a settlement on a long-time lawsuit over the East Bank Trail between Graco and the Mississippi River near Hall's Island.  >>

October 2018

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