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.

Farmington Independent ― September 27, 2017
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 25, 2017
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 25, 2017
by Charles Hallman
Profile of Dr. Dorceta Taylor, the headliner of FMR's fall 2017 fundraiser, and her environmental justice work.
Pioneer Press and Southern Valley News ― September 19, 2017
by Frederick Melo
As plans for the St. Paul Ford site evolve, multiple views and needs such as the need for bluff-edge parkland such as the need for bluff-edge parkland
WCCO radio ― July 27, 2017
by Jordana Green
Al Singer, the land conservation manager for Dakota County, discusses the
Pioneer Press ― July 26, 2017
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
Outdoor News ― July 26, 2017
A portion of one of the last and largest wooded areas in Dakota County has been permanently protected as a
Pioneer Press ― June 25, 2017
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 29, 2017
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 19, 2017
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 5, 2017
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 2, 2017
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 ― January 31, 2017
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 24, 2017
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.


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