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A sneak preview of the lineup for Our Storied River, Oct. 1

Miss Shannan, Twin band, Danny Givens and Jim Bear Jacobs

Miss Shannan — local host of The Moth — will be our host for an evening of river stories from FMR and our community. Join us October 1!

Want a sneak preview of the stories you'll hear at our virtual fall gala on October 1? We'll hear from a musician who toured the Mississippi by canoe to discover not only his muddy roots, but his true love; a family who found a sense of place in the river, and a place to grieve the impossible; and two storytellers who know the layers of history at Bdote, the sacred confluence of rivers.  >>

September 17

Area C: The overlooked Ford site

Did you know that Ford Motor Company owns a hazardous waste dump right on the river's edge in the middle of St. Paul? FMR has been a longtime advocate to clean up this site. As the process ramps up in the coming months, we'll need you to join us in taking action.  >>

September 8

Minneapolis residents: Act now to protect your riverfront!

The city of Minneapolis is taking public comments on its new ordinance to guide riverfront development and land management. The ordinance has a lot of strengths, but we'd like to see more protections for birds along this crucial migratory flyway.

Learn more by reading FMR's analysis or attending our upcoming virtual Q&A. >>

September 15

2020 Youth Empowerment Program final projects

Program participants stand in grass

This year, participants in our Youth Empowerment Program tackled issues of environmental justice, microplastics, climate change and more in their final projects.

This year, participants in our Youth Empowerment Program tackled issues of environmental justice, microplastics, climate change and more. Enjoy a selection of their final projects.  >>

September 14

State’s Groundwater Protection Rule now in full effect

As noted in a recent MPR News story, Minnesota farm operators will no longer be allowed to apply nitrogen fertilizer in the fall or on frozen ground above Minnesota’s most vulnerable aquifers. While that means cleaner drinking water for many Minnesotans, this rule alone won't solve our nitrate pollution problems.  >>

September 10

Your sightings critical for year two of coyote and fox research project

How are wild canids adapting to urban areas? Help researchers find out more this fall and winter, get a project update from the first field season, and learn how to identify and differentiate gray foxes, red foxes and coyotes with our guide, so you can record your sightings.  >>

September 7

Public comment sought for new Pig's Eye islands

The Star Tribune recently covered the island-building project at Pig's Eye Lake in East Side St. Paul's riverfront park. As our executive director Whitney Clark stated in the article, FMR supports the project overall, and would also like to see project planners "really consider including climate-adaptive species and use this opportunity to understand more about habitat restoration in the era of climate change."  >>

September 4

Metro communities begin adopting new river protections

Metro-area cities and townships are beginning to adopt new baseline riverfront protections. Is your city is on the list of communities writing their ordinances this fall? Find out how you can shape river rules based on your community's values and priorities. One example: Minneapolis might require bird-safe measures for new riverfront construction, since migrating songbirds are especially vulnerable to collisions in cities on the Mississippi flyway.  >>

September 2

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