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Caring for the river and one another this Earth Month

Picking up trash on a local walk (solo and wearing gloves)

We've pulled together ideas about how to celebrate Earth Day all month for supporters like you to act on your values and enjoy moments of positive impact during this tough time. So whether you're up for advocating online, collecting litter or you just need a moment to be still and witness the migrating birds, we look forward to celebrating Earth Month with you — separately, but together.  >>

March 30

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

We're working remotely. Stay safe and be well!

A heron passes nest building material to its mate

Herons building their nest at a metro Mississippi River rookery. Photo by Steven Cronin.

Friends of the Mississippi River staff are working remotely, events are canceled through at least late-April, and we will continue to follow official guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

More importantly, we wish everyone peace and wellness in these uncertain times. Let's support one another, in whatever ways we can, through this public health emergency. >>

March 16

Counting critters at Pine Bend Bluffs, our longest-running restoration

Over the last 20 years at Pine Bend Bluffs, we've converted a buckthorn forest to oak savanna and a Siberian elm canopy to prairie. Now we're monitoring the site to see how wildlife is responding. Since we restore lands largely to benefit animals (and plants), documenting critters is a valuable measure of success. And survey says: We've been pretty successful.  >>

March 9

Area C community meeting draws crowds and questions

At a recent community meeting, 150 residents gathered to hear about the history and future of Area C, the Ford Motor Company's hazardous waste pile sitting on the floodplain in St. Paul. Out of the many questions raised, one in particular didn't have a clear answer: Will anyone make Ford clean up its mess on the Mississippi River? >>

February 21

Happy trails, Daurius!

Daurius Mikroberts gives a thumbs up

Daurius, all smiles here at the Earth Day cleanup in 2019, helped thousands of youth and volunteers protect and restore our river over his three years as FMR Program Assistant.

In three years, Program Assistant Daurius Mikroberts worked with more than 3,000 youth to help protect our river. As Daurius ends his role at FMR, we know the impact of his efforts will go on. >>

February 11

What matters to our River Guardians in 2020

Thank you for taking our Legislative Priorities Survey! See which issues our River Guardians value and what they had to say about what Minnesota can do for our river this session. >>

February 10

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