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 Sun ― April 25, 2019
by Andy Rogers
Our partnership with Flint Hills Resources on Pine Bend Bluffs restoration is highlighted in this celebratory article.
Pioneer Press ― April 20, 2019
by Bob Shaw
As River Falls approved the decades-long process of dam removal from the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin, some project similar conversations to escalate for the Mississippi River. FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted.
The article by Bob Shaw of the Pioneer Press was republished by more than 10 publications and stations across the country and Minnesota: • Austin Daily HeraldPost Bulletin
Longfellow Nokomis Messenger ― March 24, 2019
by Margie O'Loughlin
A spotlight on this spring's ninth edition of FMR volunteer Leslie Thomas's river-inspired writing project, Write to the River.
Longfellow Nokomis Messenger ― March 24, 2019
A rundown of what makes this annual family-friendly Minneapolis Earth Day event so great.
Star Tribune ― March 15, 2019
by Greg Stanley
Former FMR board member and Ramsey mayor Sarah Strommen stepped into the role of MN Department of Natural Resources commissioner earlier this year. Leaders from orgs like Mining Minnesota to our own executive director have faith she’ll do the job with integrity.
Star Tribune ― March 4, 2019
by Greg Stanley and J. Patrick Coolican
Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz agree to a funding fix that gets shovels in the ground as soon as possible for worthy projects while preserving the citizen-driven Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund voters created 30 years ago. This essentially reverses the fund raid from last year's legislative session. Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted.
KARE 11 ― February 28, 2019
by Boyd Huppert
Minneapolis City Council voted to approve the Upper Harbor Terminal concept plan. FMR joined a rally in opposition to the plan prior to the vote. Our new River Corridor Director Colleen O’Connor Toberman is quoted.
KUNC ― February 20, 2019
by Amy Mayer
Perennial and alternative crops won't just be good for wildlife and water quality; as electric cars shift the market away from corn grown for ethanol, rural economies and farmers can transition to clean-water crops. Water Director Trevor Russell is quoted.
KSTP 5 ― February 4, 2019
Coverage of the community input meeting held by Minneapolis City Council Members shows community members, including FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark, calling for more time and a more inclusive planning process.
Lillie News ― February 3, 2019
by Marjorie Otto
In partnership with Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, FMR has contracted local artist Liv Novotny to create a water quality mural at Lake Phalen this summer. Novotny will collaborate with the community to envision and carry out the artwork, starting with a meeting this February.
MPR News ― January 21, 2019
by Gabriel Kwan
Citing concerns about the financial security of a development partner, the Minneapolis City Council voted to delay their decision about the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan by two weeks. FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted calling for the plan to not only be delayed, but changed.
Star Tribune ― January 15, 2019
by Whitney Clark and Paul Bauknight
As the Minneapolis City Council is poised to adopt a redevelopment plan for the Upper Harbor Terminal site in North Minneapolis that benefits private interests far more than public, we call for a more equitable planning process and a project plan that prioritizes community well-being and access to the river for all.
Fox 9 ― January 3, 2019
by Theo Keith
The early-2019 government shutdown took its toll on Minnesota's national parks, as park rangers were furloughed at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted.
MPR News ― January 2, 2019
by Brian Bakst
Congratulations to former FMR board member Sarah Strommen on her appointment as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Governor-elect Tim Walz. Strommen has more than 20 years of natural resources experience. FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark quoted.
(Republished in
Star Tribune ― December 13, 2018
by Erin Adler
The owner of an island near Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area in Inver Grove Heights hasn't paid taxes for the last five years on the property. That means that the island could go up for sale. FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted in the article, noting that the island is important for migratory birds and turtles and not developable due to flooding.

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Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.