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On October 15, the Minnesota Legislature achieved a breakthrough for the state’s economy and public health with the passage of a $1.8 billion bonding bill that includes more than $302 million for water infrastructure supported by FMR as part of the Fix the Pipes MN alliance. Sadly, it also includes a project we strongly oppose: the Upper Harbor Terminal concert venue in Minneapolis. >>

October 2020

For 33 years, Dave Zumeta has kept meticulous lists of the birds he's seen in the Mississippi River Gorge, a band of habitat FMR works to restore that is critical for migrators on the flyway. These lists have become a valuable tool to help us track the health of our river habitat. Learn more about Dave's surprising findings, troubling and encouraging trends.  >>

October 2020
Laura Mann Hill

Passionate about connecting people with the river and each other, Laura is a natural fit here at FMR. An educator, artist and activist, she'll work with our stewardship and education staff to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.  >>

October 2020

In the first of a two-part series, we’ll look at the results of the state’s recent nutrient reduction report card. The results are ... not good.  >>

October 2020

A recent article in Belt Magazine explores the history of disinvestment and racial disparities in Minneapolis and poses the question: Will Upper Harbor Terminal lead to real change? FMR's staff and board member share their concerns.  >>

October 2020

You know we're serious about clean-water crops like Kernza, but we're also pretty serious about baked goods. Check out the entries and cast your vote in our virtual bake-off by the end of October.  >>

October 2020

What did the Mississippi River look like before the locks and dams? For a few days, we got a glimpse near St. Anthony Falls of what a less-encumbered Mississippi might look like if locks and dams are removed. Check out our photos.  >>

October 2020
FMR staff at four locations on the river

FMR staff and board members shared reasons why we do the work we do at this year's fall gala, Our Storied River. You can watch all the river stories, including the ones we told, below. (Photos by Tom Reiter)

At Our Storied River, we raised close to $170,000 for the river. Thank you! If you missed the livestream or you just want to see it again, check out this collection of our featured river stories, a tour from FMR staff of a few of our favorite places, and glimpses of the artwork created for the event.  >>

October 2020
Artists work on mural and pose with finished mural

This summer, local artists worked with students to design our fourth water quality mural at Harriet Island featuring the Mississippi, an iconic bridge, wildlife and more.

Our latest water quality mural is also our first to focus on the Mississippi River. The postcard-like design showcases the river as a serene destination, created by two local artists with input from students. See the mural up close near the pavilion at Harriet Island.  >>

October 2020

We're thrilled that an FMR restoration site, a local woodland once choked with European buckthorn, now supports the rusty patched bumblebee, a federally endangered species. >>

September 2020

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