In the News

FMR is proud to serve as the voice for the Mississippi River and the people who care about it — at the Capitol, in our communities, and, increasingly, in the media. Many thanks to the reporters who take the time to cover our work to protect, restore and enhance our Big River.

• CCX media — November 28, 2018
Local Cities Push to Keep Plastic Out of Mississippi River
by Eric Nelson
Brooklyn Center Mayor-Elect Mike Elliott is eager to join other mayors along the Mississippi River in fighting to reduce plastic pollution. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative wants to cut the amount of plastic in the river by half by the year 2020. A goal that FMR applauds.

• Longfellow Nokomis Messenger — November 19, 2018
Keeping the Mississippi River Gorge healthy takes many hands
by Ellie Rogers (FMR)
Cheers to the volunteers who removed invasive species and planted native trees and wildflowers for better wildlife habitat in the Mississippi River Gorge!

• Mill City Times — November 18, 2018
What Happens When Rivers Merge?
by Ellie Rogers (FMR)
A reblog of FMR's special places article on confluences.

• Saturday Evening Post — November 15, 2018
How to Become an Environmental Megastar at 86
by Ken Budd
A profile of FMR SuperVolunteer Warren Stortroen."This eager volunteer traded business suits for hiking boots to help scientists study the Earth...."

• CBS — November 14, 2018
Go Free This Week
Calendar item:"Go Free This Week With 3 No-Cost Events In Minneapolis - Friends of the River happy hour"

• Rubicon Online — November 13, 2018
PEP pulls invasive species by the Mississippi
by Emma Sampson
A student club at St. Paul Academy and Summit School helped restore habitat along the river in St. Paul by removing invasive species. Now they plan to plant a pollinator garden at their school.

• Northeaster — October 31, 2018
Nicollet Island habitat restoration begins
by Cynthia Sowden
After a great deal of planning and community discussion, our first public habitat restoration volunteer event took place on Nicollet Island near downtown Minneapolis.

• Mill City Times — October 23, 2018
Volunteers Assist with Nicollet Island Restoration Work
As part of a new multi-year restoration of natural areas on Nicollet Island's northern half, volunteers planted 90 trees and shrubs and over 400 wildflowers, sedges and grasses at FMR's first public habitat restoration event on the island.

• Mill City Times — October 17, 2018
Video from Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) Celebrates 25 Years of Progress

Fall/Winter 2018, FMR and our partners' initiation of a lawsuit against the state for improper use of environment funds made headlines throughout Minnesota. For up-to-date media coverage and commentaries, please see the FMR Water Blog.

• Star Tribune — October 3, 2018
Conservation groups sue state over use of environmental fund
by Josephine Marcotty

• Duluth News Tribune — October 3, 2018
Groups sue over environmental trust fund spending
by John Myers
The above article by John Myers of the Duluth News Tribune was republished in: 
St. Peter Herald
The Bemidji Pioneer
The Brainerd Dispatch
Grand Forks Herald
West Central Tribune
Forum News


• MINNPost — October 3, 2018
Lawsuit over environmental trust fund may have implications for Legacy Amendment money
by Walker Orenstein

• Minnesota Public Radio — October 4, 2018
Conservation groups suing state over use of environment fund
by Kirsti Marohn

• Bluestem Prarie — September 12, 2018
Broad coalition of conservation & environmental groups ask LCCMR not to raid trust funds

--- For additional coverage and commentaries, please see the FMR Water Blog ---

• Finance & Commerce — September 18, 2018
St. Paul riverfront development plans face hurdles
by Brian Johnson
Proposals are being drawn up for the former Ramsey County jail site along the river where the Wabasha bridge meets downtown St. Paul. FMR will continue to advocate for a vertical access component that allows people at street level to walk down the bluff to reach the river below.

• Longfellow Nokomis Messenger — August 27, 2018
Share the Gorge 2018 celebrates the urban wilderness
by Margie O' Laughlin
The Longfellow Minneapolis community hosted a celebration of the Mississippi River Gorge and the people who help to protect and restore it, including the River Gorge Stewardsl.

• The Journal of Minneapolis — August 21, 2018
Organization restoring Nicollet Island habitat
by Nate Gotlieb
FMR, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and community groups partner to restore habitat and create a prairie riverfront trail on Nicollet Island next to downtown Minneapolis.

• USFWS — August 8, 2018
A neighbor's promise — Family's conservation dream preserves land for a community
by USFWS newsroom
Learn about the Houlton family, the community and FMR's role in the protection and restoration of the William H. Houlton Conservation Area at the confluence of the Elk and Mississippi rivers in the city of Elk River.

• MPR — August 2, 2018
Wetter weather causing sewage headaches for Minn. cities
by Kirsti Marohn
Our changing climate is challenging Minnesota's water infrastructure, resulting in pollution discharges into our lakes and rivers. FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell helps illustrate the connection.
(Republished in Owatanna People's Press.)

• The Journal of Minneapolis — July 27, 2018
Celebrating the Mighty Mississippi
by Jenny Heck
The Mill City Farmer's Market about FMR participating in related event in Mill City area Minneapolis.

• CCX media — July 23, 2018
Friends of the Mississippi celebrate 25 years (video)
by Eric Nelson
Not all that long ago, our world-class river was known as the messy Mississippi, but grassroots activism has fundamentally changed how we view and treat our river. A local metro news outlet celebrates these changes and groups like FMR who have been working to protect, restore and enhance our metro river for 25 years.

• Northeaster — July 18, 2018
Eco groups unite to fight Nicollet invaders
by Cynthia Sowden
FMR, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and community groups partner to restore habitat and create a prairie riverfront trail on Nicollet Island next to downtown Minneapolis.

• South Washington County Bulletin — July 13, 2018
Mississippi River recreation ramps up thanks to task force
by Katie Nelson
Cottage Grove is working to improve river access for its residents, including access to Settler's Island. FMR worked with the parks department to complete a plan to replace the buckthorn that currently covers the island with native species, both to improve habitat and improve recreational access and amenities such as picnic tables.

• Pioneer Press — July 7, 2018
Wild or mild? Mississippi's future depends on Army Corps' three locks, dams
by Bob Shaw
As the Army Corps of Engineers considers its options for two local dams, is removal on the table? FMR cautiously endorses the return of rapids, pending extensive community discussion.
(Also published in multiple Minnesota newspapers .)

• Press Pub Quad Community Press — June 26, 2018
Monitor stream health with SHEP
How FMR's Stream Health Evalution Program (SHEP) volunteers evaluate the health of local river tributaries with stream-dwelling bugs and how to join.

• St. Paul Voice — June 25, 2018
A friend of the river for 25 years and counting
by Ginny Contreras Sawyer
Known for their steady coverage of river-related news, this local paper celebrated FMR's silver anniversary with a special focus on our new West Side St. Paul habitat restoration project and the Write To The River celebration at a local brewery (Wabasha).
(Republished in Downtown Voice and South St. Paul Voice.)

• Villager — June 9, 2018
Ford Motors toxic legacy
submitted by Kate Hunt
A community member unaffiliated with FMR affirms the importance of addressing the old industrial waste dump at the St. Paul Ford site before redevelopment can begin.

• Star Tribune and Associated Press — May 24, 2018
Groups urge vetoes over environmental trust fund 'raid'
by Steve Karnoski (AP)
FMR and our allies called upon Gov. Mark Dayon to veto the state bonding bill that used environmental lottery dollars in ways Minnesota's voters never intended.
(Republished by KIMT 3.)

• Villager — May 23, 2018
Friends of Mississippi River push for cleanup of Ford Plant landfill — MPCA has yet to determine risks posed by riverside dump
by Jane McClure
As the redevelopment of the massive Ford site moves forward in St. Paul, FMR calls for more attention to what lies below: Ford's old industrial waste dump.

• Pioneer Press — May 16, 2018
Inver Grove Heights takes River Heights Park off the market
by Nick Ferrarro
After successfully convincing the Inver Grove Heights park commission not to sell a beloved neighborhood park (not once, but twice), community members and FMR River Guardians cheered as the Inver Grove Heights City Council officially removed the park from consideration for sale.

• KARE 11 — May 8, 2018
Microplastics found in Great Lakes
by Lou Raguse
Continued microplastic contamination does not bode well for the health of our Great Lakes or the Mississippi River.

• Star Tribune — April 28, 2018
A bridge too far? Midtown Greenway enthusiasts push for connection to St. Paul
by Janet Moore
Midtown Greenway Supporters, Midtown Greenway Coalition and 36 other groups (FMR included) aim to raise funds to study how to make a railroad bridge safe for biking and walking to continue the greenway across the river.

• Pioneer Press — April 10, 2018
Undeveloped Inver Grove Heights park, near river, could be up for sale again
by Nick Ferraro
After hearing from neighbors and FMR advocates, the Inver Grove Heights parks commission recommended to preserve River Heights Park as a park instead of putting it up for sale. A couple months later (see above, May 16, 2018), the city council followed suit and the park was officially saved.

• Pioneer Press — April 9, 2018
Mississippi gorge, BWCA, Kinnickinnic among ‘America’s Most Endangered Rivers’
by Nick Woltman
American Rivers places the Mississippi River Gorge at number six on its 2018 list of the nation's top 10 most-threatened-rivers, citing a pair of locks and dams in Minneapolis-St. Paul that have remained in place despite being closed to commercial barge traffic since 2015. FMR cautiously endorses the idea of restoring the rapids while calling for a robust and extensive commmunity discussion and additional research.(FMR's position)

• Star Tribune — April 10, 2018
Dams and mining put three regional rivers on group's endangered list
by Josephine Marcotty
American Rivers named the Mississippi River gorge one of the most endangered rivers as part of its new campaign to restore the river's flow and rapids through the Twin Cities by removing the Ford Dam and Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. FMR weighs in with cautious optimism, noting support for the concept as well the need for extensive commmunity discussion and additional research.(FMR's position)

• KDWA and Hastings Star Gazette — April 2, 2018
Caring for our local waters
With Earth Day approaching, Hastings community radio promoted hands-on volunteer opportunities with the FMR Vermillion Stewards program, supported by the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization and the United Way of Hastings.
(Also mentioned in Hastings Star Gazette.)

• MPR — March 30, 2018
Ground Level: Is Minnesota on the right track for clean water?
by Kirsti Marohn
As Minnesota's drinking water quality falls short of benchmarks, it's time to fully consider the role of agriculture in water pollution. FMR is helping to develop solutions that benefit farmers and drinking water.

• Legal Reader — March 15, 2018
Minnesota Settles with 3M, Water Clean Up Ahead
by Sara Teller
3M's pollution settlement will go towards drinking water protection work. FMR's executive director Whitney Clark notes many metro communities would be better off switching from groundwater and public well-based systems to non-well sources like the Mississippi River, for a safer and more sustainable water supply.

• Star Tribune — March 10, 2018
Dakota County opens Pine Bend trailhead
Dakota County celebrated a new trail at Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area, protected in part, thanks to FMR in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Dakota County.

• MPR — March 7, 2018
Minn. moves to reduce nitrates in groundwater; environmental groups wonder, wait
by Mark Steil
Minnesota's plans to reduce nitrates in drinking water are moving closer to completion. But FMR and other groups and experts are concerned that we're not moving fast enough to get to clean water.
(Republished in Waseca County News.)

• Star Tribune — March 3, 2018
Minnesota settlement with 3M may fix drinking water but not the environment
by Josephine Marcotty
The 3M settlement prompted many to examine the state of our metro water supply. FMR's executive director Whitney Clark noted the importance of both cleaning up pollution and switching more of our public water supply from wells to the Mississippi River as a more sustainable source.

• Pioneer Press — February 16, 2018
Friday Opinuendo: On the river's friends, long-nose Sting and more …
by the Pioneer Press Editorial Board
Thanks to the Pioneer Press for helping to celebrate FMR's silver anniversary, not to mention the River Story Map and Special Places Map.
(Republished in Southern Valley News Network.)

• Woodworker's Journal — January 5, 2018
NFL Super Bowl committee and community partners plant trees
As part of a series of local stewardship outings associated with the event, Verizon volunteers helped FMR plant over 75 trees in Inver Grove Heights.

• Downtown St. Paul Voice — January 1, 2018
New Collaborative Art Project Celebrates Sacred Connections To the River
by editor Tim Spitzak
Michael Bischoff started the River Story Map as a collaborative art project to make visible and celebrate the personal relationships we have with the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.
(Republished in the St. Paul Voice and South St. Paul Voice.)

• Jazz Police — December 5, 2017
"Confluence": Laura Caviani CD Release in the Dunsmore Room
by Andrea Canter
Thank you the amazing Laura Caviana for not only releasing her beautiful CD"'Confluence' but donating part of its sale and funds raised at its release party to FMR.

• Star Tribune — December 16, 2017
Committee approves streetcar for W7th Riverview corridor
by Janet Moore
More than 60 years after streetcar service was discontinued in the Twin Cities, a key advisory committee has recommended bringing the streetcar back along the Riverview Corridor — but in a much different form. While supportive, FMR and the National Park Service are keeping a close eye on possible plans to create a el for streetcar below Fort Snelling.

• St. Cloud Times — November 16, 2017
Laura Caviana Trio to hold benefit for FMR
The Laura Caviani Trio Concert, 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pine Cone Road S, Sartell. This is a CD release concert, with free will offering proceeds going to Friends of the Mississippi River.

• Park Bugle — November 1, 2017
A colorful mural teaches a valuable lession about a beloved lake" What goes into this storm drain goes into the lake
by Kristal Leebrick
A sing new water quality mural — the first of its kind in St. Paul — helps educate Como Lake visitors and neighbors.

• Forester Magazines — October 24, 2017
The Twin Cities Versus the Invaders from Planet Earth: How Minneapolis and St. Paul are handling invasive species that affect water quality
by David C. Richardson

• Hastings Star Gazette — October 12, 2017
Students clear out invasives; replace with native plants
by Jake Pfeiffer
Hastings High School students worked with FMR to clear out invasive plant species from Vermillion River Linear Park to help prepare the site to be planted for wildlife and pollinator habitat.
(Republished in the Rosemount Town Pages and Farmington Independent.

• My Minnesota Blog — October 8, 2017
Getting good at making a difference
by John Harrington
After learning about buckthorn from FMR, this blogger is doing his part to reduce its spread.

• Camden Community News — October 3, 2017
The start of a greener Camden
by Beth Vang
In partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, amongst others, FMR hosted a walk to the river for Northsiders across the Dowling Avenue Interstate-94 overpass to gather feedback on how to best improve the experience and riverfront access for pedestrians and cyclists.

• Farmington Independent — September 28, 2017
A shocking long-awaired adventure
by FMR SuperVolunteer Cole Williams with photos by Rich Wahls
After several delays, our much-beloved annual Vermilliion Stewards trout survey proceeded in the Vermillion River.

• KDWA — September 26, 2017
"In-depth" interview
In this local radio show, stewardship director Adam Flett talked about the upcoming river island cleanup in partnership with the Hastings Environmental Protectors or HEP.

• Spokesman Recorder — September 26, 2017
Environmental justice scholar urges vigilance
by Charles Hallman
Profile of Dr. Dorceta Taylor, the headliner of FMR's fall 2017 fundraiser, and her environmental justice work.

• Pioneer Press (twincities.com) and Southern Valley News — September 20, 2017
With hundreds wanting to comment on Ford plant redevelopment, hearing will continue next week
by Frederick Melo
As plans for the St. Paul Ford site evolve, multiple views and needs — such as the need for bluff-edge parkland — are being considered.

• GoMN — August 1, 2017
A huge oak forest is now protected in the Twin Cities:It's Minnesota's newest wildlife management area
by Melissa Turtine


• WCCO radio — July 28, 2017
Oak forest protected in heart of Dakota County (audio)
by Jordana Green
Al Singer, the land conservation manager for Dakota County, discusses the Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area that FMR helped permanently protect.

• Pioneer Press — July 27, 2017
Dakota County oak forest to be preserved as wildlife area
by Nick Ferraro
Part of one of the last and largest wooded areas in Dakota County has been permanently protected as a state wildlife management area. The new Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area consists of 191 acres of oak forest, and they're the only woods for miles around in a largely agricultural landscape. The WMA was made possible by a collaboration of the Department of Natural Resources, the county and the nonprofit conservation group Friends of the Mississippi River.

• Outdoor News — July 27, 2017
New Dakota County wildlife management area to feature wildlife habitat, public hunting
A portion of one of the last and largest wooded areas in Dakota County has been permanently protected as a state wildlife management area through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota DNR, Dakota County and the nonprofit conservation group Friends of the Mississippi River.

• Pioneer Press — June 26, 2017
Not hearing any music along St. Paul's riverfront? Here's why it's quiet
by Frederick Melo
Summer concert-goers hoping to catch a free outdoor performance in the Twin Cities have any number to choose from, but along the iconic Mississippi River, it’s slim pickings. St. Paul officials say they’re as committed as ever to “activating” the river with happy hours, fitness classes and future kayak rentals, but not necessarily through large, splashy headline concerts.

• Star Tribune — May 30, 2017
Buffer measure has grace period added under new legislation
Dayton, GOP agree to temporary extension, extra funding to help farmers comply

by Tom Meersman
Minnesota farmers will be given extra time and in some cases financial help to comply with the state's buffer law that requires them to plant perennial vegetation between crops and creeks. Farm groups say the changes don't go far enough, and environmental leaders (including Friends of the Mississippi River) object to how the measure would be funded.

• MINN Post — April 20, 2017
On Water Action Day, a flood of citizens washes through the Minnesota Capitol
by Ron Meador
FMR was proud to be a lead organizer of Minnesota's first Water Action Day, flooding the Capitol with roughly a thousand citizen advocates for clean water. Veteran reporter Ron Meador reported on this surprisingly bright spot during a fairly dark legislative session for our waters.

• Stillwater Gazette — March 6, 2017
State of the River Report
by Angie Hong
East Metro Water columnist Angie Hong relays the key lessons of the State of the River Report for watershed residents, including actions everyone can take to help the Mississippi River today.

• Star Tribune — February 3, 2017
Dayton sets a goal and a challenge to Minnesota: Cut water pollutants 25 percent by 2025
Plans public meetings across the state to gather ideas.

by Jennifer Bjorhus
Gov. Mark Dayton has set a bold new goal for Minnesotans: Slash water pollution 25 percent by 2025. Such a charge requires new solutions for the biggest source of pollution to the Mississippi River: agricultural runoff.

• Villager — February 1, 2017
Ford site can enhance and be enhanced by river
by Whitney Clark, executive director of FMR
Recently, the city of St. Paul unveiled draft plans to redevelop the Ford Plant site along the Mississippi River. The 135-acre campus is now clear of structures with plans for a new 21st-century riverfront community in the works. FMR has long been involved in this process, and here's what river lovers need to know.

• MPR News with Tom Weber — January 25, 2017
New river rules protect Mississippi River corridor
by Tom Weber, Jo Erickson
The DNR is working to protect a 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that runs through the Twin Cities area. It published new development rules for businesses along the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area, which took effect on Jan. 4. MPR News host Tom Weber spoke to Friends of the Mississippi River Executive Director Whitney Clark, Dan Petrik, a land use specialist with the DNR and former Republican lawmaker Marty Seifert about how local businesses are responding.

• Hastings Star Gazette — January 12, 2017
New rules set for Mississippi corridor land use, development
New rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) will improve protections for water quality, habitat and scenic views.

• Star Tribune — December 30, 2016
Minnesota lays out vision for Mississippi River corridor
The state has adopted a uniform framework for how the 21 cities and five counties along the river's banks will manage the river to protect the water.

by Josephine Marcotty
It’s taken a decade of starts and stops, contentious debates and delicate negotiations, but this month a new era begins for the treasured 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that winds through the Twin Cities.

• Pioneer Press — December 30, 2016
What can you build along the Mississippi River?
The DNR has new rules.

by Tad Vezner
After close to a decade of wrangling — between conservationists like Friends of the Mississippi River, developers, and dozens of cities and counties — state officials have published new rules governing what can be built on the Mississippi River’s edge and what can’t.

• Star Tribune — December 28, 2016
Two key steps forward for Minnesota's water quality
River rules, triclosan ban strengthen stewardship of state's waterways.

by the Star Tribune editorial board
The Strib praises two Friends of the Mississippi River victories — the triclosan ban and the estalbishment of new rules that will guide development along the metro Mississippi riverfront — as "milestone measures to protect Minnesota’s treasured lakes and rivers for future generations."

• KARE 11 — December 28, 2016
New year brings new Minnesota laws
by Boyd Huppert
On January 1, Minnesota officially changes from a caucus state to a primary state, and our soap will no longer contain the chemical triclosan, known to pollute rivers. The state ban on the antimicrobial ingredients is the first in the nation, but the federal Food and Drug Administration recently followed suit and enacted a ban effective September 2017.

• KSTP — December 27, 2016
New Rules Aim to Protect Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area
by Jennie Lissarrague

• MPR, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and 100+ other news outlets throughout the nation — December 25-27, 2016
Minnesota leads way on banning anti-germ ingredient in soaps
Feds follow state in reducing the once popular germ-killer.

by Steve Karnwoski, Associated Press
Minnesota’s first-in-the-nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect January 1, 2017, but the people who spearheaded the law — Friends of the Mississippi River and Sen. John Marty — say it’s already having its desired effect on a national level.

• Pioneer Press — December 7, 2016
Your fleece jacket might be polluting the Mississippi River – and your beer
by Maja Beckstrom
Over the past decade, environmentalists have worried about the effect of microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic in facial scrubs that wash down the drain into rivers and lakes. But it turns out a bigger threat might be our clothing.

• Star Tribune — October 9, 2016
Putting the buffer law to protect public waters in effect is no easy job
Minnesota's buffer strip law is taking hold in farm country as farmers prepare the land.

by Tom Meersman
FMR speaks on behalf of environmental groups concerned about the way the new buffers law, which we advocated for overall, is being implemented. The new water quality law requires larger strips of perennials between crops and creeks, helping to reduce runoff sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and pesticides.

Fall 2016, the State of the River Report made headlines in the metro and across the nation.

• Hastings Star Gazette — November 14, 2016
‘State of the River’ report comes to Schaar’s Bluff Nov. 15

• East Side Review — November 8, 2016
Celebrating 100 years of National Parks, including the park closest to home

• St. Cloud Times — November 4, 2016
Mississippi health improving, but new threats emerge
by Kristi Marohn

• WJON St. Cloud — November 4, 2016
State of the Mississippi River Report Shows Positive Trend in River Health
by Alex Svejkovsky

• Longfellow Nokomis Messenger — October 25, 2016
The State of the River Report: How can citizens contribute to a healthier Mississippi River?
by Margie O'Loughlin

• Northfield News and Owatanna's Peoples Press — October 22, 2016
Water in the media, but is any of it good news?
by Kristi Purcell, guest columnist

• Northeaster Newspaper — October 21, 2016
State of the River examines microplastics, invasive species
by Margo Ashmore

• Coon Rapids Television Network — September 26, 2016
‘State of the River’ Highlights Improvements, Concerns on the Mississippi [Video]
by Joe Nelson

• Star Tribune — September 23, 2016
Mississippi River requires agriculture's help to stay healthy
by the Star Tribune editorial board
(Also republished by the Nashville Herald, Washington Times, and the Denver Sun.)

• City Pages — September 22, 2016
Mississippi River: Wildlife making a comeback, but please don't swim
by Susan Du

• MinnPost — September 22, 2016
Report on metro Mississippi River health shows progress, new concerns
by Ron Meador

• Mill City Times — September 22, 2016
Mill City Times • ‘State of the River Report’ Reveals Progress
by Kim Eslinger

• Star Tribune — September 21, 2016
Report finds a new pollutant - tiny bits of plastics and fiber - building up in the Mississippi
by Josephine Marcotty

• MPR — September 21, 2016
Report: Plastics, road salt and farm runoff threaten Mississippi 
by Elizabeth Dunbar

(Also published by the Rochester Post Bulletin.)

• KFAI — September 21, 2016
How is the Mississippi doing? (Radio clip and interview)
by Sylvia Thomas

• The Southwest Journal and Downtown Journal — September 21, 2016
Mississippi - sick, not dying
by Zoe Peterson

• WCCO — September 21, 2016
How Healthy Is The Mississippi River?

• KARE 11 — September 21, 2016
 Mississippi River healthier, but threats loom

• Associated Press — September 21, 2016
Report: Mississippi improving but protections needed
The AP article about the State of the River Report's key findings was published by over 30 publications and stations across the country. Many articles included a link to the report for more information.
Local and Minnesota AP coverage:
 • Pioneer Press (metro)
 • KSTP (metro)
 • St. Cloud Times
 • Marshall Independent 
 • New Ulm Journal
 • KROC am (Rochester)
 • KTTC (Rochester)
 • KEYC News 12 (Mankato)
 • KNSI am (St. Cloud)
 • WJON am (St. Cloud)
AP coverage beyond Minnesota:
• Washington Times
• CT Post  
• Fairfield Citizen (CT) and affiliates  The Hour (Norwalk, CT), and Greenwich Time (CT)
• The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) 
• Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, VA) 
• Clay Center Dispatch (KS) 
• Huron Daily Tribune (MI)
• Midland Daily News (Midland, MI) 
• WXOW (LaCrosse, WI) 
• Watertown Public Opinion (SD) 
• Aberdeen News (SD) 
• Houston Chronicle
• The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX) 
• San Antonio Express and My San Antonio
• San Francisco Gate
• San Francisco Chronicle

--- End of State of the River Report coverage ---

 

• Craft Brewing Business — August 2, 2016
Craft credo No. 5: Support the environment (like this limited-edition 72 Stretch beer for the Mississippi River)
by Keith Gribbins
It's official: caring for our local environment and the Big River is part of the Craft Credo.

 

• Camden Community News — August 2016
Reconnecting North Minneapolis Neighborhoods to the Mississippi
by Douglas Fehlen
"A forum held last month by the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) brought together community advocates looking to ensure all Northside residents have an opportunity to enjoy what are described as once-in-a-generation enhancements to our city’s most impressive natural resource."
 

• North News — July 28, 2016
To reconnect North to Mississippi, Old wounds must be healed
by Kenzie O'Keefe
As more North Minneapolis riverfront is being converted to parkland, care is being taken to ensure that new parks and trails are truly accessible to residents. 

 

• St. Peter Herald — July 11, 2016
Bipartisan agreement on Minnesota water policy
by Clark Johnson (DFL-N. Mankato)
This commentary from the legislator who introduced the Working Lands bill stresses the importance of coalition building to achieve real progress for water qaulity.


• Open Waters: Rethinking the Mississippi — Summer 2016
Making the Most of the Governor's Water Summit
by Alicia Uzarek, FMR River Advocate
Feature on FMR's work with partner organizations and River Protector volunteers to push for real water quality solutions at the Governor's Water Summit in early 2016. 

 

• River magazine — Spring 2016
Storm Drains
by Maggie Wingdingstad, Open World Learning School
Feature story on the importance of educating people about the connection between storm drains and the Mississippi River. The author and her class stenciled storm drains in St. Paul with FMR earlier in the year. 

 

• Star Tribune — May 27, 2016
Environmentalists, agriculture industry team up on Minnesota water quality
Key initiatives to reduce runoff gained broad support in Legislature.

by the Star Tribune Editorial Board 
Lauds FMR-led legislative victories in support of a collaborative, market-based approach to preserving our waters.

 

• Longfellow Nokomis Messenger — May 21, 2016
Earth Day 2016: Mississippi River Gorge Cleanup
Photos and article by Margie O'Laughlin

 

• Star Tribune — May 18, 2016
St. Paul officials, environmentalists clash over restrictions along the Mississippi River
The city is at the center of a controversy over proposed rules for land along the river. 

By Jessie Van Berkel 

 

• Pioneer Press — May 16, 2016
St. Paul scrutinizing new building rules near Mississippi River
by Tad Vezner

 

• Hastings Star Gazette — May 3, 2016
Flint Hills Resources celebrates Arbor Day by planting 5,000th tree in Dakota County
FMR partners with Flint Hills to restore habitat on over 400 acres of riverbluff lands. 

 

• Star Tribune — April 20, 2016
Earth Day approaches; dig in with these ideas
FMR events featured prominently. 

 

• Star Tribune — April 15, 2016
Senate unanimously passes changes to contentious buffer law
The measure builds upon the 2015 bill, clarifying the rules for private ditches. 

By J. Patrick Coolican 

 

• White Bear Press & Shoreview Press— April 6, 2016
The unfortunate costs of pumping up White Bear Lake
Commentary by Trevor Russell, FMR Water Director

 

• Pioneer Press — March 17, 2016
St. Paul shoring up its rugged bluffside in Lilydale Regional Park

 

• Star Tribune — February 27, 2016
Gov. Dayton rallies support for clean water at summit after facing a protest
Complex water problems will require everyone's efforts, attention, he says. 

By J. Patrick Coolican

 

• Star Tribune — February 25, 2016
Gov. Mark Dayton struggles to reconcile desire for clean water and a strong farm economy
By J. Patrick Coolican and Josephine Marcotty

 

• Star Tribune — February 19, 2016
An unwise retreat on Minnesota's water quality push
Weakening "buffer" law over private ditches is a step backward.

 

• Pioneer Press — February 19, 2016
Can we save Minnesota’s water? These 800 are going to try
Some 800 people are expected to attend Gov. Mark Dayton's "Water Summit" Saturday, Feb. 27 in St. Paul. 
by Christopher Magan
FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark lays out our hopes and goals for Minnesota's first Governor's Wter Summit. 

 

• Star Tribune — February 14, 2016
Minnesota's buffer law triggers a new debate: Which waters are covered?
by Josephine Marcotty
"Only about one-third of the streams in Minnesota’s farming regions will get the maximum amount of protection under new state buffer rules — a number that environmentalists say falls far short of what Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature water protection law was intended to accomplish."

 

• Pioneer Press — January 29, 2016
Mark Dayton backs off buffer strips for private ditches
by Dave Orrick
"Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has ceded ground to farm interests, Republicans and some Democrats over a contentious aspect of his plan to require vegetative buffer strips to help protect water from agricultural runoff and erosion."

 

• Star Tribune — January 4, 2016
Study to review effects of retiring a stretch of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis
by Steve Brandt