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After a long winter, our spring prompt inspired writing about the Mississippi River coming back to life — its music, its ice-free movement, and the return of all who call it home. Check out the spring edition! >>

May 2018

In an unprecedented move, a much-feared $47 million-dollar raid on the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund ballooned to a $98-million raid in the Minnesota legislative session’s final hours. >>

May 2018
River Heights Park, Inver Grove Heights

Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is no longer slated to be turned into lots for private homes.

The city of Inver Grove Heights was considering selling River Heights Park, part of our local Mississippi River national park, for housing. But neighbors stepped up to defend it, and with a little support from FMR, the park has been preserved!

Inver Grove Heights is a valued FMR habitat restoration partner and we look forward to continuing our work together.

May 2018

Join us for a collaborative art project to make visible and celebrate the personal relationships we have with the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. We invite you to tell us about how a meaningful change in your life relates to the Mississippi River. In honor of FMR's 25th anniversary year, we're kicking off the map with 25+ stories! >>

May 2018
The impact of $1.

Whether you give a little or a lot, every dollar makes a difference.

Charitable contributions to FMR help ensure a healthy Mississippi River and community — no matter the amount of your gift. Check out just a few examples of how your gift has an impact. >>

May 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton has fulfilled his promise to veto the wild rice bill (HF 3280)!

The bill would have abolished a longstanding state water quality sulfites standard. It would have violated the federal Clean Water Act, inevitably inviting litigation and turmoil into an already challenging situation. >>

May 2018
An April prescribed burn rolls through a blufftop prairie at the Flint Hills Pind Bend Bluffs property.

A prescribed burn rolls through a blufftop prairie at the Flint Hills Pind Bend Bluffs restoration site. (Photo by Karen Schik.)

Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes those familiar signs of life: plants begin to green, flowers bloom, migrating birds return, and fires burn through the prairies at FMR restoration sites!

Learn more about how we use fire to restore wildlife habitat, and the impact of a recent unplanned fire on an FMR restoration site. >>

May 2018

Approximately 750 people joined us at the Capitol to urge legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton to invest in clean water and protect Minnesota's great outdoors. >>

May 2018
Rushing falls

To celebrate our 25th year, each month in 2018 FMR staff will profile places along the metro Mississippi River that are near and dear to us, places that connect to FMR but that we also enjoy in our own downtime. By the end of our silver year, we'll have built a map of 25 special river places for you and yours to learn about, visit and enjoy.

This month: Spring waterfalls

Snow melts and cold spring waters trickle down our yards, driveways, and gutters, ultimately swiftening our creeks, swelling our rivers and making our waterfalls roar. Be sure to check out these two falls — one famous, one not so much, but neither to be missed during spring peak. >>

April 2018
MN State Capitol pic

Ten bad water bills have been introduced this legislative session that are going to the House and Senate for passage. These bills undermine basic environmental science, roll back existing protections or block public participation in environmental decisions.

Learn more, or take action now.

April 2018

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