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.

Star Tribune ― July 8, 2022
by Chloe Johnson

Aggregate Industries has mined Grey Cloud Island for sand and gravel for decades. Now the company wants to expand operations into areas of the riverbed itself. The Star Tribune talked to FMR Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman about the possible risks of digging a hole in the river.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ― July 3, 2022

In their tour of beautiful metro parks on the Mississippi River, the magazine mentions FMR's advocacy at Pigs Eye Regional Park.

Star Tribune ― June 30, 2022
by Jennifer Bjorhus

A Mendota Heights property owner's blufftop landscaping was halted due to the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area rules. Colleen O'Connor Toberman, land use and planning program director for Friends of the Mississippi River, commented on the protections and the situation.

KTTC ― June 27, 2022
by by Noah Caplan

FMR called for the state to take action on invasive carp — fish that can cause ecological harm. FMR Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman explains why.

Star Tribune ― June 16, 2022
by Chloe Johnson
A tagged silver carp farther upstream than any other so far is the latest reminder that we need to take action now to halt the spread of invasive carp in Minnesota's waterways.
The Villager ― May 9, 2022
by Casey Ek
St. Paul's MyVillager profiled our summer engagement tours around metro locks and dams and their possible removal. Their piece quotes FMR's Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman on the potential.
WCCO ― April 18, 2022
by Kirsten Mitchell
WCCO interviewed Water Program Director Trevor Russell about this troubling (but unsurprising) designation and what we can do about it.
MPR News ― April 17, 2022
by Kirsti Marohn
The Mississippi River made the list of "America’s Most Endangered Rivers." MPR News interviewed Water Program Director Trevor Russell about the Mississippi River Resilience & Restoration Initiative as a solution.
White Bear Press ― April 12, 2022
by Debra Neutkens
The White Bear Press spotlighted our concerns about a legislative proposal that would threaten White Bear Lake groundwater supply and foundational Minnesota environmental protections.
Pioneer Press ― March 1, 2022
by Mary Divine
Included in the development plans for the former Mississippi Dunes golf course in Cottage Grove is a 34-acre riverfront park. That's fewer acres than we hoped to see in this crucial wildlife corridor. FMR Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman points out that this land is currently habitat for threatened birds that require more space to thrive than the future parkland allots.
The Villager ― February 8, 2022
by Colleen O'Connor Toberman
FMR's Land Use & Planning Program Director describes the process and potential around one of the most important coming questions about the metro river: Should we remove dams on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and St. Paul?
Mill City Times ― February 4, 2022
by Becky Fillinger
The Mill City Times interviewed Executive Director Whitney Clark as he celebrated 25 years working to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River with FMR.
Pioneer Press ― February 1, 2022
by Nick Ferraro

Ramsey County steps back from its plans to develop a rare grassland bird haven, rejecting three proposals for development. The article mentions FMR's steadfast support for preservation of the site.

Bring Me the News ― January 31, 2022
by Shaymus McLaughlin
FMR's Land Use & Planning Program Director Colleen O'Connor Toberman points to the results of an ecological survey showing the Maplewood site supports bird species at risk and calls for permanent protection of the grasslands.
Star Tribune ― January 27, 2022
by Shannon Prather
FMR's advocacy around a rare grassland bird haven in Maplewood seems to have paid off as Ramsey County steps back from development possibilities.

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