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Trevor Russell

Water Program Director

[Photo: Trevor Russell]

Photo: T. Lawrence, GLFC

Professional Bio

Trevor Russell has served as FMR’s Water Program Director since 2006. He has a B.A. in economics from the Colorado College and has 14 years of experience in community organizing, environmental education, environmental & public health advocacy, and electoral campaign organizing. Prior to joining FMR, Trevor served as Land Use & Transportation Organizer for the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, served on multiple electoral campaigns, and served as co-founder and chair of the Minneapolis Lacrosse Association.

FMR Role

As Water Program Director, Trevor’s responsibilities in include a variety of state and local water quality advocacy, education, communications, and coalition development activities. This work focuses on issues related to:

  • Clean Water Act implementation
  • Agricultural runoff and hydrology management
  • Watershed stewardship, monitoring, restoration
  • Urban stormwater runoff management

Trevor also coordinates the Minnesota Environmental Partnership Water Cluster coalition, and works with our partners to advance legislative and administrative policies that protect and restore water quality and river health.

In addition, Trevor is the co-author of the award-winning State of the River Report, and regularly represents FMR at water quality presentations and policy forums on issues indentified in the report and its companion Policy Guide. He also represents FMR on a number of stakeholder technical and advisory groups, and coordinates several innovative programs such as the Blue Star Award Program, Brewers Clean Water Partnership, and the Rice Creek Stream Health Evaluation Program.

Personal Details

Trevor lives in the Longfellow Neighborhood of Minneapolis, and enjoys canoeing, camping, home brewing, raising chickens, coaching youth sports, and spending time with family and friends. He is also an avid gardener, and keeps plots at Minnehaha Avenue & Dowling Community Gardens in addition to being a co-owner of Wonderland Urban Farm in Minneapolis. Read more…