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Trevor Russell

Watershed Program Director

[Photo: Trevor Russell]

Photo: T. Lawrence, GLFC

Member of FMR staff since: April 2006

Duties: Directs FMR’s Watershed Program. His work focuses on a variety of state & local water quality & watershed management issues, including education and policy advocacy on issues related to:

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

Trevor also represents FMR in a number of coalitions, dialogues, and stakeholder groups, including: the South Metro Mississippi River TSS TMDL Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) Water Cluster, the Metro WaterShed Partners Steering Committee, The Clean Water Minnesota Media Campaign, The Minnesota Clean Water Challenge, Minimum Impact Design Standards work group, and the Mississippi Makeover Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, environmental economics and public policy, the Colorado College

Quote: “If protecting river was easy – we’d have done it already. It’s hard work. FMR’s role is brining people together around a consensus that clean water is everyone’s responsibility, and that everyone must do their part for clean water.”

FMR accomplishment most proud of:Mississippi River TSS (Sediment) Standards. After several years of advocacy work, the State approved new site-specific standards for total suspended sediment (TSS) and aquatic vegetation in the South Metro Mississippi River. These new standards are the basis for a wide-ranging Mississippi River watershed clean up plan, and offers high hopes for the future of Mississippi River water quality.

Hobbies: Canoeing, home brewing, community gardening, back yard chickens, coaching and playing lacrosse.

Other activities: Minneapolis High School Lacrosse Coach. Member of the Minnehaha Avenue Community Garden and Dowling Community Garden. And a pretty big fan of football, stand up comedy, and drive in movies.

Favorite book: All I See Is Part Of Me (his seven-year-old daughter Hallie Mae’s favorite book), and whatever he’s reading at the moment.

Favorite musicians: Mark Murphy, Colleen Buckman, Medicine for the People, Pert Near Sandstone, Groundation.

Favorite location on the river: The middle

Last big vacation: Mississippi River canoe trip (Cass to Minneapolis), August 2010 Read more…