In the Media

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 in the media. Many thanks to the reporters who take the time to cover important river issues.

The Northeaster ― December 1, 2021
by Karen Kraco
FMR Ecologist Alex Roth explained how removing buckthorn improves habitat and water quality in this article about FMR's last volunteer event of the season.
Star Tribune ― October 14, 2021
by Shannon Prather
When we learned that Ramsey County was considering developing open space that we believe provides essential habitat, FMR requested a natural resources inventory. The final report confirms: Endangered and rare birds depend on this grassland for their survival. FMR River Corridor Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman is quoted.
KSTP ― September 30, 2021
by Rich Reeve
After pausing for the pandemic, Minneapolis will once again charge 5 cents for carryout bags. FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell gave KSTP a tour of plastics found on the Mississippi River to explain the benefits of the ordinance.
KARE 11 ― September 19, 2021
by Dana Thiede
KARE 11's drone series recently focused on the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers in Hastings, giving a rare aerial view of the two rivers coming together. They turned to FMR to explain the difference in water color.
Star Tribune ― August 24, 2021
by Shannon Prather
Birds like the endangered Henslow's sparrow find their nesting ground in an undeveloped 77-acre parcel of land next to Battle Creek Regional Park, part of the Mississippi River flyway. Though the natural resource study for this rare grassland has yet to be completed, the county has begun to call for development ideas. FMR River Corridor Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman is quoted.
Northeaster ― August 3, 2021
by Mark Peterson
The Northeaster reports on a recent erosion control project at our Nicollet Island restoration, which will keep sediment from running into the Mississippi River.
Star Tribune ― July 23, 2021
by Susan Du
While city officials have opted to maintain ownership of the land beneath the publicly funded concert stadium, the controversial Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan still doesn't go far enough. FMR Board Member Paul Bauknight is quoted.
Villager ― July 20, 2021
by Whitney Clark
The Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act introduced in June has broad support from organizations all along the river. We wrote about why.
Star Tribune ― July 16, 2021
by Shannon Prather
Ramsey County is eyeing a former golf course and two largely undeveloped sites for redevelopment near the St. Paul-Maplewood border. They're grappling with a big question: How can we create the housing the Twin Cities needs, while also preserving the homes of other species whose populations are collapsing? FMR River Corridor Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman says we can have both.
Pioneer Press ― June 28, 2021
by Frederick Melo
This article mentions our support of this island-building project that promises to restore habitat and begins in July.
Star Tribune ― June 27, 2021
by Greg Stanley
In this article, shortly before Rep. McCollum introduced the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative to Congress, FMR's Executive Director Whitney Clark was quoted: "We need a coordinated, holistic approach, one that respects and supports local solutions.”
MinnPost ― June 24, 2021
by Greta Kaul
As MinnPost assesses the river's swimmability, they look to FMR's 2016 State of the River Report for clues on water quality.
The Villager ― June 22, 2021
by Frank Jossi
Before Opus canceled their plan, FMR supported Opus in revising early development proposals around stormwater drainage, setbacks from the bluff and the building’s height.
Star Tribune ― June 13, 2021
by Susan Du
The Minneapolis Park Board's vote around pesticide reduction came after two years of work by a technical advisory committee, in which FMR ecologist Alex Roth participated.
Star Tribune ― June 9, 2021
by Betty McCollum and Whitney Clark
FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark and Congresswoman Betty McCollum's commentary in the StarTribune says it’s time for Congress to make the same commitment to the Mississippi River as they have to Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay, and the Everglades.

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