Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Events

Landscape for the River: Native Plants, Raingardens, Lawn Care for Water Quality (+ Winter Tips)

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Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water, this free November 4th workshop can get you started on your spring plans. We'll also touch on ways to keep our sidewalks and driveways safe but river-friendly this winter.

Make Your Home River-Friendly

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Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, run the dishwasher on full — there are many ways to improve the health of our local waters from home. But, how do you know where to start? And what really makes the biggest difference? Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to find out which small projects have the biggest impact on our local waters Wednesday, October 22, 6-7 p.m. in Apple Valley.

Remnant Bluff Prairie Restoration & Buckthorn Smothering

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Join us to begin the restoration of a bedrock bluff prairie in Cottage Grove, Saturday, September 27th. Capacity is limited and advance registration required.

State adopts phosphorous standard for MN rivers & streams

On June 24, 2014, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Board approved new, long-overdue standards for excess nutrients and algae in Minnesota’s rivers and streams. The development of these standards was a priority for Friends of the Mississippi River and represents an important victory for water quality in Minnesota. Read more…

Native Wetland and Green Infrastructure Planting [FULL]

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Located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, Crosby is home to an award-winning restoration project. Hundreds of volunteers have replaced invasive species with native plants that provide wildlife habitat and help our local waters. Join us Septemeber 25th to expand the Crosby restoration with our first wetland planting! Advance registration is required and early registration highly suggested. 

Join us June 26 in the rare prairie, or July 10 in the scenic bluffs!

FMR staff need a few more helping hands June 26 at the Sand Coulee Prairie in Hastings and July 10 at Pine Bend Bluffs in Inver Grove Heights. Both locations are Scientific and Natural Areas (SNAs) that FMR helped to preserve. SNAs are the highest quality public areas in the state. They give visitors and volunteers the chance to feel hours away from the cities without the long drive. Read more…

'Make and Take' Rain Barrel Workshop [FULL]

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The biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying oil, sediment and other contaminants into our lakes, rivers and streams. One simple way to make a big difference is to use a rain barrel. Join us at this affordable workshop to bring yours home!

Worknight in Pine Bend Bluffs [FULL]

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Join us July 10th to learn about and help restore one of the most beautiful areas in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area.

Make Your Home River-Friendly — Workshop + Brewery Tour [WAITLIST]

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Join us at Flat Earth brewery in East Side Saint Paul to learn what you can do inside your home to improve the health of your local waters. After a half-hour watershed action presentation, participants will be invited to tour the brewery and enjoy samples. Sign up for this August 6th event soon, capacity is limited.