Congratulations, Sen. Smith! (Above: Sen. Tina Smith in center, FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark on left, board member Deanna Weiner on right.)
What animals traveled though our yards and landscapes under the cover of night or even right under our noses. >>
We're incredibly grateful and delighted to report that our community of river advocates more than doubled in 2017!
River Guardians helped to save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights, rein in water quality rollbacks at the Capitol, worked for improved public access to the riverfront in North and Northeast Minneapolis and much more. Check out the 2017 best-of photos! >>
Last month's mystery view was a real stumper! No one guessed the location, but we know some of our volunteers have been there because we caught them on video planting oak trees. Watch it for inspiration (and to get the answer!) >>
"Whose View? From Where?" is going on hiatus in 2018 to make room for our special 25th-anniversary features.
Grown each fall and shed in the spring, the grouse's comb-like foot fringe acts like a snowshoe to help them walk on top of snow. (Photo courtesy of Mary Holland.)
In this month's Nature Notes: Oh, the surprising things that ruffed grouse have in common with snowshoe hares and aspen trees. >>
We use salt to manage snow and ice in Minnesota, but too much can irreparably harm our lakes and streams. It's time for Minnesota to go on a low-salt diet. (Photo Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.)
Just 1 teaspoon of salt is enough to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Chloride pollution to Minnesota’s waters has made headlines recently, and it's time for new strategies to protect our water. Learn how you can help, both long-term and this winter as you shovel (or sweep!) your walk. >>
Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Let's help our cities compile the best list possible!
Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell us about yours or help by contributing a needed photo. >>
Year after year we are blown away by the hardworking, enthusiastic volunteers we are so lucky to work with. The river thanks you and so do we! Join us for a look back at the best photos from our 2017 stewardship events. >>
Students participating in a hands-on erosion lesson.
FMR offers a variety of indoor programs to support educators who want to connect their students with the Mississippi River. >>
Illustration of Halls Island to-be
Three new destinations are beginning to take shape along the river north of St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, each with something different to offer. Coming up: a reclaimed island (image above), a destination riverfront restaurant, and one fully featured playground. >>