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FMR River Guardians are now 2,000 strong!

River Guardians at the 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up Happy Hour.

River Guardians at the 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up Happy Hour.

Through our River Guardians program, over 2,000 people have spoken with one voice to protect, enhance and restore the Mississippi River and its watershed.  >>

November 18

There's still time to weigh in on local river planning

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul.

Several Twin Cities communities have completed their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront, but a number are still seeking public comments in the coming months. Find out where your your community stands.  >>

November 13

Friends of the river happy hour

As 2018 comes to a close, join us to toast another year of protecting the Mississippi River.

Together we will raise a glass for our hometown river, indulge in delicious appetizers, hear an update on the lawsuit FMR is involved in and get a sneak preview of the upcoming legislative session.

Mpls. Park Board & Graco near settlement over East Bank Trail

A map showing the former Scherer Brothers site and the parcel Graco may purchase from the park board.

Pictured is the piece of park board-owned land that Graco may be allowed to purchase. This is part of a pending settlement between Graco and the park board over East Bank Trail land. Source: Minneapolis Park Board

The Minneapolis Park Board and Graco Inc. are nearing a settlement on a long-time lawsuit over the East Bank Trail between Graco and the Mississippi River near Hall's Island.  >>

October 10

Several metro cities want to hear from residents about their riverfront

The view from Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park looking towards Hastings to the south.

As summer turns to fall, Twin Cities communities throughout the metro are moving fast to wrap up their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront.

Hastings and St. Paul Park — two cities with an abundance of high quality riverine habitat — are accepting comments through the end of November and December, respectively. Several other cities want public comments submitted before the end of September. >> 

September 6

Renderings of new riverfront concert venue, parks and housing in N Mpls released

A rendering of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Community Performing Arts Center

A rendering of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Community Performing Arts Center

After more than two and a half years of community engagement, draft plans for the redevelopment of a mile-long riverfront site in North Minneapolis were revealed mid-August. 

The draft calls for a dramatic overhaul of the Upper Harbor Terminal site, aiming to turn the long-closed port into both a regional attraction and a beneficial part of the North Minneapolis community. >>

August 20

Why we need the Groundwater Protection Rule

About 75% of Minnesotans get their drinking water from public and private wells. Many of these wells are susceptible to nitrate contamination from cropland fertilizers, which can make the water unsafe to drink.

Today, at least 537 public water supply wells across the state have elevated nitrate levels. About 10% of private wells in vulnerable areas exceed the Health Risk Limit (HRL), including some townships where 30% to 40% or more of private wells are unsafe to drink from!

August 1

West Broadway Open Streets

Friends of the Mississippi River is excited to once again be a part of West Broadway Open Streets in North Minneapolis. Stop by our table!

We'll have information on how local streets connect to the river, ways to be involved in habitat restoration activities at the new riverfront prairie patch at Ole Olson, and, if you'd like, you can sign up to receive emails about opportunities to provide input on local riverfront redevelopment projects. 

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