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We're asking River Guardians old and new to weigh in on three priority environmental bills as the Minnesota Legislature returns for a special session.

If you have a few minutes to volunteer and advocate online, please sign these three action alerts and tell your legislator to:
Support clean water projects
Support conservation and environmental agencies
Preserve the Clean Water Fund

Thank you!

June 2021

As FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark and Congresswoman Betty McCollum recently wrote in the StarTribune:  it’s time for Congress to make the same commitment to the Mississippi River as they have to Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay, and the Everglades.

Read their commentary and join the call for a new, dedicated federal funding program for our remarkable river! >>

June 2021
Learners outside

Our new lesson explores cultural connections to place, and we're reshaping our whole curriculum to include more voices and more perspectives. (Photo by Adrian Islam)

Our education program teaches hundreds of youth each year about watersheds, pollution, ecosystems and more. Now we’re evolving our curriculum to explore cultural connections to place as well. Our new Cultural Landscapes lesson aims to open up space for people to reflect on their relationships with land, water and stewardship.  >>

June 2021

St. Paul and Minneapolis are known to have some of the country's best urban park systems. But how well do they deliver equitable park access to all residents?  >>

June 2021

Looking to get out on the river to help beat the heat? Pair your paddle with a visit to FMR's Settler's Island restoration and enjoy a respite in the shade of the island's canopy as you take in the quietude of the Mississippi River's back channels.  >>

June 2021
Write to the River prompt photos of the river through the seasons

After four years and 17 editions, we're wrapping up Write to the River, FMR's community creative writing project run by our dedicated volunteer Leslie Thomas.  >>

June 2021

The latest act in the "Pinelands to Potatoes" saga is a blow to environmental protection.  >>

June 2021

On the final day of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers agreed to a $52 billion two-year state budget, but the clock ran out before they could pass any meaningful legislation. Here’s where major water-related environmental bills stand as we prepare for a special session.  >>

May 2021

The flagship "clean-water crop" delivers tremendous value in reducing water pollution, reports the Star Tribune.  >>

May 2021
Jonathan with his fishing line receptacle

One key way anglers can help our waters and wildlife is by disposing of fishing line responsibly. As an ESI fellow last year, Jonathan built and installed a PVC fishing line receptacle at Hidden Falls Park and has maintained it ever since.

A summer project turned into a year-round commitment for 2020 ESI Fellow Jonathan Wilson-Thieroff. Read about how he made an impact reducing fishing line waste at this beloved riverfront park.  >>

May 2021

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