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.

Minnesota Reformer ― January 22, 2024
by Christian Cardenas

Would the Minneapolis 2040 plan be bad for the environment? We don't think so, as cited in the article, partly because of its "potential to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions."

KSTP ― January 19, 2024
by Richard Reeve

FMR's Colleen O'Connor Toberman describes the threat that invasive carp pose to ecosystems and how a barrier can address their spread.

Star Tribune ― January 18, 2024
by Greg Stanley

FMR's Colleen O'Connor Toberman notes that the DNR's proposed timeline isn't urgent enough in their recently released invasive carp action plan.

Outdoor News ― January 18, 2024
by Brian Mozey

Outdoor News talked to FMR's Whitney Clark and Colleen O'Connor Toberman about reactions to the recently released plan, what FMR commends and what we hope to see at the Legislature this year.

Outdoor News ― January 10, 2024
by Rob Drieslein

FMR's Colleen O’Conner Toberman shared details about some upcoming public meetings explaining the DNR’s new invasive carp action plan. (She was also featured on their podcast.)

Stillwater Gazette ― January 7, 2024
by Angie Hong

Angie Hong overviews a few newer methods of buckthorn management, including critical period cutting, which we've employed since 2021.

MPR News ― January 5, 2024
by Kirsti Marohn

Too much nitrate fertilizer creates unsafe drinking water. Who should pay? FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell weighs in on approaches to curb the problem.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer ― January 1, 2024
by Emily Sohn

FMR Conservation Director Alex Roth discusses FMR's work advancing a new way to reduce the spread of invasive buckthorn shrubs to protect wildlife habitat and preserve natural areas, especially in urban areas.

Star Tribune ― December 28, 2023
by Christopher Vondracek

Prized for their oil content and ability to be converted into biofuels, winter oilseeds are gaining a foothold on Minnesota farms. Said FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell in the story: "Camelina may well be the most important new crop in a generation."

MPR News ― December 10, 2023
by Kirsti Marohn

On the heels of the biggest capture of invasive carp yet in Minnesota's stretch of the Mississippi River, FMR Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman advocates the Stop Carp Coalition's call for a barrier.

Star Tribune ― December 7, 2023
by Dennis Anderson

FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark calls for a deterrent at Lock and Dam 5 this legislative session after a significant catch of invasive carp downstream.

MPR News ― November 22, 2023
by Kirsti Marohn

FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell and reporter Kirsti Marohn discuss the power of clean-water crops. The radio segment and article was the first of many media pieces spurred by the release of the "Putting Down Roots" report.

Pioneer Press, AgWeek and others ― November 17, 2023
by Forum News Service

In response to a petition we signed last spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring the state to address the public health crisis created by nitrate pollution in southeastern Minnesota.

Bring Me The News ― November 6, 2023
by Tommy Wiita

After another twist in a legal case challenging the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan, this article cites FMR as a proponent of the plan, since "denser development can have a positive environmental impact."

MPR News ― October 31, 2023
by Kirsti Marohn

Because nitrate levels in private and public wells are endangering drinking water in southeastern Minnesota, we signed onto a petition last spring asking the EPA to address this public health crisis under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. MPR News took a look at the problem while we awaited a response.

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