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A shocking, long-awaited outing — The 2017 volunteer trout survey

“It’s been three years of cancellations with high water in the river and getting rained out," said volunteer Tom Ziegler with a smile. "They [FMR] dangle this carrot when we do the buckthorn removal across the road, that if we did that job, we would get to do this event.”

Well, 2017 was finally the year. >>

November 14

Dogwood planting near the banks of Middle Creek

Enjoy a crisp fall morning on Middle Creek, a tributary of the Vermillion River in Farmington, assisting FMR and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization with a unique planting project: live-staking. We'll cut stems from dormant native trees and insert them into the stream bank. The cuttings will grow into new trees, helping to reduce erosion while creating new areas of habitat.

Cut and haul nuisance brush at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales.

H2O + Hops: The health of the Vermillion

Local experts from the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization will spend the first portion of the evening highlighting the most important trends and emerging issues facing the nearby subwatershed, as well as potential solutions. The presentation will primarily focus in on two main concerns, water volume and sediment issues in the Vermillion.

Next, hear from FMR's Stewardship Program Manager Adam Flett on actions you can take to make your home, lawn and community more water friendly.

River island cleanup + lunch! [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in helping at the River Island Cleanup + Lunch, we've reached capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider joining us at a different upcoming event. To be notified of future Vermillion Stewards habitat restoration and education events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org.

Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area brush haul + celebration

Join Friends of the Mississippi River, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area. The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions such as this annual restoration and celebration event on Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.-noon.

Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA

After a brief training on the importance of seed collecting and identification, volunteers will help hand collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. This is especially important as the Sand Coulee provides a home to 13 rare plant and animal species.

Stencil St. Paul storm drains + taproom outing at Bad Weather Brewing

Join FMR Stewardship Program Manager Adam Flett and Youth Coordinator Kate Clayton at Bad Weather Brewery!

After a brief training and presentation on runoff pollution, we'll take to the streets of "Uppertown" St. Paul. Armed with spray paint, a stencil and traffic cones (courtesy of St. Paul Public Works) we'll stencil "Keep 'em Clean, Drains to River" next to storm drains. 

H2O + Hops: Local water quality presentation

How is the health of Lake Minnetonka? Minnehaha Creek? The Mississippi River? Join FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell at Excelsior Brewing to find out.

From invasive "flying" carp to phosphorus levels and blue-green algal blooms, Trevor will spend the first portion of the evening highlighting the most important trends and emerging issues our local waters face, as well as potential solutions.

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