'State of the River' Launch & Presentation at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Submitted by srich on Tue, Jun 12 - 6:07 PM

How is the health of the Mississippi River? Can I safely swim in it? Is water pollution improving? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about Asian carp? Do I need to be concerned about bacteria in the river? How are bald eagles faring?

At FMR we hear questions like these all the time. That's why we've partnered with the National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit (MNRRA) to develop the "State of the River Report."

Join us on this special evening at the Science Museum of Minnesota as we launch and present this groundbreaking report. The State of the River Report will provide a clear, concise snapshot of the health of the Mississippi River. Based upon a broad range of water quality and aquatic ecosystem data, the report zooms in on the status and trends of 12 key indicators of river health highlighting the swimming, fishing, aquatic life and emerging contamination issues facing the river as well as priority solutions for each.

We are excited to launch this long-awaited report at the Science Museum of Minnesota. After a brief introduction by the museum, the report's principal authors — FMR Watershed Program Director Trevor Russell and MNRRA Water Quality Coordinator Lark Weller — will quickly and concisely summarize a wealth of water quality and aquatic ecosystem data. From Asian carp to bacterial contamination, eagles to swimmability, Trevor and Lark will highlight key trends and emerging issues that impact the river as well as provide an overview of potential solutions to protect our river and its watershed. The second half of the event will feature a hosted conversation or panel discussion with Trevor, Lark and additional water quality experts involved in the making of the report.  Participants will have the opportunity to contribute questions. 

This event is free, including entrance to the Science Museum and parking in the museum's lower ramp. Registrants  may enjoy the Science Museum of Minnesota's exhibits free of charge beginning at 4 p.m. (normally $10-$13), including Future Earth, which explores the fact that humans — all 7 billion of us — are both the dominant agents of global climate change and the innovators who have the power to keep our planet thriving well into the future. The museum's Mississippi River Gallery also offers a beautiful river overlook and engaging, interactive displays. 

Ready to register?

(Reporters: Please see bottom of page for the pre-event briefing contact.)

Eventbrite - 'State of the River' Launch and Presentation

Once you are confirmed, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with your ticket or waiting list notice and can log back in any time to review details and directions. (Please pay close attention to the parking directions. Only one ramp entrance allows free entry; others may have pricey event-rate parking if the Wild game happens or if there's another event in the area.)

If you have trouble with the online form or if there are more than 3 people in your party please contact FMR Program Assistant Katie Clower at kclower[at]fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x23. In your message, please include your name, the number in your party, your email, your daytime phone number and your mailing address. 

Want a friend, family member or coworker to sign up?  Click "Send to a friend" and/or post this event on your Facebook wall by copying and pasting the url into a status update:
http://www.fmr.org/participate/events/state_of_the_river_2012-09-27

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Looking for information on the press briefing? Please contact Sylvia Bachmann, sbachmann[at]bitstream.net or 712.269.1926.