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As anyone who's joined FMR at a restoration volunteer event knows, buckthorn is particularly difficult to eradicate. This invasive plant often thwarts restoration efforts by returning to sites where it's been pulled and hauled away. What if we could find a way to suppress its regrowth?  >>

September 2019

The Star Tribune recently highlighted the state's $360 million plan to turn things around for the Minnesota River and cut the river's sediment levels in half. Will it be enough?  >>

September 2019
Fishing for seafood off the coast of Alaska in the North Pacific

This fall, Sitka Salmon Shares is giving back to the Big River to show its support for clean water and healthy fish. When you order a 2019 or 2020 seafood share, you will too!  >>

September 2019
A conceptual drawing of a large multistory concert stadium next to the site's industrial structures and the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis city leaders are proceeding as if the concert stadium at Upper Harbor Terminal is a done deal, but it's not. Rather than debating venue names, we need to discuss public subsidies, living-wage jobs, and how the community will benefit from this or any development at this important mile-long riverfront site. >>

August 2019

In the world of ecological restoration, changes don't happen overnight. And sometimes, to create a thriving and diverse habitat for wildlife and for water quality, things get a little messier (or even uglier) before they get better. Take the long view with us and check out these before, during and after photos of a few of our restoration projects. >>

August 2019

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently released a series of reports, studies and plans addressing water contamination in the Minnesota River, the biggest tributary to the Mississippi in our state. It looks like the river is in need of some big changes if we're to meet our state's water quality goals. >>

August 2019
Four different versions of the SuperVolunteer shirt on display at the 2019 Crosby Farm Park tending

Our SuperVolunteers show up with helping hands to at least four events per year. This year at our Crosby Farm Park tending, we spotted four different versions of the t-shirt we send to these loyal volunteers.

If you've been to an FMR event, you've likely encountered a SuperVolunteer proudly clad in an identifying t-shirt. There's still time to join their ranks! Just volunteer at four or more hands-on restoration events (or contribute 20+ hours) this year. We've got plenty of upcoming events in need of helping hands. Sign up so you can earn your 2019 SuperVolunteer status.  >>

August 2019

Recently, two local media projects from MPR and North News highlighted North Minneapolis residents' relationships with water and our Big River. 

The MPR stories are a riveting listen, while the stunning North News issue is both a refreshing read and a graceful portrait of a community's multi-faceted relationship to the river. >>

August 2019
A drawing of the proposed Riversedge project. Four large towers rise above the Mississippi River between Shepard Road and Kellogg Boulevard.

In the past, development proposals for the former county jail site in downtown St. Paul have fallen through. It's a challenging area: a bluff, railroad tracks and Shepard Road separate the river's edge from the city. But AECOM's proposed Riversedge project thinks big about how to overcome these challenges — and might ultimately deliver.   >>

August 2019

Our summer writing prompt featured a deer and her fawn swimming in the river, and we asked what brings you to the water during the warm season. The writing we received shares many reasons why: the Mississippi River is a friend, a place for special moments, and wellspring of hope, knowledge and resilience. We hope these summer edition writings inspire you.  >>

August 2019

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