Advocate for the River!

River Guardians advocate for the river

Act online, join us at the Capitol or come learn more about today's most important river issues at special happy hours: Join the FMR River Guardians!

From banning pollutants to passing strong rules to guide local riverfront development, many of FMR's victories are thanks to our strong base of advocates. Your voice is essential to our efforts to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River! 

Become an FMR River Guardian

Sign up and we'll email you when an important river issue arises. We make it quick and easy to contact decision makers. River Guardians are also invited to special happy hours and other events about important legislative and metro river corridor issues.   

Take action now

Click the campaign below and enter your address to quickly and easily send a message to your representatives:  

Action Alert: Deny the Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan in Minneapolis

(Previous action alerts.)

What we weigh in on

In addition to advocating for strong water quality rules and laws at the state and national levels (see action alerts above or check out our Legislative Updates blog), FMR is involved in a wide variety of metro corridor projects and proposals. 

Here are comment letters we've sent to city planners, legislators, judges and others to speak up for the river throughout the Twin Cities river corridor: 
     12/31/2018 FMR Joins 186 Groups Supporting Revised Farm Bill
     • 08/31/2018 Port Authority's Proposal to Fill Eagle Lake – District 1 Comments
     • 08/20/2018 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock Disposition Study Comments

     • 07/20/2018 Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Comments
     • 07/17/2018 Cottage Grove 2040 Comprehensive Plan Comments
     • 01/31/2018 Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Master Plan Letter of Support

     •  2017 comment letters

Current river corridor advocacy sites

At each of our metro riverfront sites, FMR partners with community organizations, local residents and River Guardians to ensure that the essential values of public access, scenic views, historic preservation and environmental quality are respected.

Note: We're working to update this with more details and information on each site. As soon as it's done, we'll be sure to announce it in our e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages. All River Guardians are automatically subscribed. 

A map of FMR River advocacy sites in the Twin Cities

Questions? Concerns?

Please contact FMR River Guardians Program Coordinator Sophie Downey at or 651.222.2193 x27.