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Rushing falls

To celebrate our 25th year, each month in 2018 FMR staff will profile places along the metro Mississippi River that are near and dear to us, places that connect to FMR but that we also enjoy in our own downtime. By the end of our silver year, we'll have built a map of 25 special river places for you and yours to learn about, visit and enjoy.

This month: Spring waterfalls

Snow melts and cold spring waters trickle down our yards, driveways, and gutters, ultimately swiftening our creeks, swelling our rivers and making our waterfalls roar. Be sure to check out these two falls — one famous, one not so much, but neither to be missed during spring peak. >>

April 2018
MN State Capitol pic

Ten bad water bills have been introduced this legislative session that are going to the House and Senate for passage. These bills undermine basic environmental science, roll back existing protections or block public participation in environmental decisions.

Learn more, or take action now.

April 2018
Join us! Become an FMR member.

As an FMR member, you'll play an integral role in carrying out our mission to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River.

FMR members are more than donors.

Collectively, you spearhead advocacy for clean water policy, conserve critical habitat and engage the next generation of river stewards. All in support of our shared dream: To protect and restore the Mighty Mississippi and make sure it's healthy and accessible to all. 

In celebration of Earth Day, if you're not one already, consider becoming an FMR member. >>

April 2018

As we noted in the State of the River Report, chloride or salt pollution is a growing problem for Minnesota's waters. This session, FMR and our allies have been advancing a bill in the Minnesota Legislature to reduce it.

We're happy to report that the bill has garnered bipartisan support. However, it will most likely be wrapped into the House and Senate omnibus bills, making its fate murky at best. >>

April 2018

Two Minnesota rivers — including our local Mississippi River gorge between Minneapolis and St. Paul — made America's River's 'Most Endangered' list.

WCCO's Jennifer Mayerle reports:

Learn more.

April 2018
Tshirt

Now through Earth Day, $5 from every online purchase will be donated to FMR in support of our conservation and restoration efforts!

Celebrate the Twin Cities' own Mississippi River Road for its scenic pathways, history, heritage, and a place to recreate and relax. Track Club Co has designed a commemorative Mississippi River Road T-shirt. And now through Earth Day, $5 from the sale of each tee will be donated to FMR in support of our restoration and conservation efforts. >>

April 2018

The legislature is rolling up its sleeves and rolling back bedrock protections for water quality. Here's our top-10 list of bad water bills (so far) this session. >>

April 2018
Ford Dam below the Ford Bridge in St. Paul

The spillway at Lock and Dam 1, a.k.a. the Ford Dam, in St. Paul.

Dam removal discussions are ramping up in the Twin Cities, and for good reason. Just as the Army Corps of Engineers embarks on a study to determine future ownership and operation of the locks and dams in Minneapolis and St. Paul, our local Mississippi river gorge was named to the 2018 list of American Rivers "10 Most Endangered Rivers."

Learn more, including FMR's position and recent media coverage. >>

April 2018
A picture of River Heights Park

Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is being considered for disposal by the city.

Just eight months ago, FMR teamed up with neighbors to help save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Now the park is on the chopping block once again. And the neighbors and FMR are back in action. >>

April 2018

Although our policy and advocacy work tends to make the most headlines, many FMR supporters, members and volunteers highly value the natural areas we protect, restore and enhance throughout the metro area.  But even the longest-standing FMR members and volunteers wonder where, exactly, we work.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for folks to see all of FMR’s 37 active restoration sites in one place? Perhaps some kind of…map? >>

April 2018

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