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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
On Sept. 27, 2012, FMR and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area partnered to release The State of the River Report. The report highlighted the status and trends of 13 key water quality and river health indicators for the metro Mississippi River. One year later, we have a lot more to report.
Upon its release at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the report received statewide and national attention, and brought the complex world of water resource sciences into a form that connects with citizens across the state. The report has generated local and national media coverage – including major coverage in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, local papers across the state, and even community papers as far away as Arizona, California, and Texas.
Since the release, FMR and MNRRA have hosted more than 50 public events across the state to share the report with more than 2,300 local residents. We’ve distributed close to 2,000 copies of the report and its companions guides, and had nearly 40,000 visits to StateoftheRiver.com.
The report wasn’t just about sharing information in a way that people can understand. It was about invigorating the public discourse about what must be done to protect and restore our most precious natural resource: water.
One year later, we are happy to report that policy makers have responded. Following the release of the report, we’ve seen steady progress in a number of the key goals of the Policy Guide.A few of these highlights include:
Coal tar is a known carcinogen that is applied to driveways and parking lots as a sealant with massive long-term clean-up costs to communities.
It’s been a terrific year at FMR. These water quality policy outcomes have secured long-term policy reforms that will greatly improve water quality in the years to come. But while these outcomes are vital to the health of the Mississippi River and its watershed, there is still much more to do.
Over the next two years, FMR will work to check off the remaining goals laid out in the Policy Guide. By completing these goals, FMR will:
We know Minnesotans value clean water. We know the nation looks to us for leadership. It’s been a terrific year for The State of the River Report – and we look forward to doing even more to advance clean water goals in the Mississippi River.