FMR BIDS A FOND FAREWELL TO DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR HEATHER HAYNES
After 12 years of outstanding service to Friends of the Mississippi River, Development Director Heather Haynes is moving on.
NOW HIRING: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
FMR is seeking a seasoned and creative development professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment and its waterways, a person who wants to use their leadership, experience and energy to grow the organization and increase its impact.
KEEPING INVASIVE CARP OUT OF THE GORGE
It's not too late to stop invasive carp from getting into the Mississippi Gorge, but Lock #1 (also known as the Ford lock) needs to be kept closed as much as possible. That's why the Stop Carp Coalition is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to limit service at Lock #1 to "by appointment only" when the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closes next year.
THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR'S 2,341 FMR VOLUNTEERS!
As the snow begins to fall we'd like to thank everyone who helped restore habitat and improve the health of our local waters this volunteer season. We are pleased to report that approximately 2,341 people contributed 6,677 hours to help the Mississippi River at some 96 FMR volunteer events in 2014 -- an increase of 20% over 2013! Thank you everyone, and please keep telling your friends about us!
PRAIRIE RESTORATION AT SPRING LAKE PARK RESERVE
Eighteen acres of native prairie and savanna restoration will be revealed at Spring Lake Park Reserve next summer.
CALL FOR MINNEAPOLIS YOUTH GROUPS!
FMR is excited to expand our volunteer stewardship work to include most of the Minneapolis riverfront. Building on our successful Gorge Stewards initiative, we've greatly increased our volunteer stewardship opportunities north of St. Anthony Falls. Do you know of a youth group in North or Northeast Minneapolis that cares about the river? Let us know!
DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT PARK PLAN NEARS COMPLETION
A new master plan has been drafted for Saint Anthony Falls Regional Park, previously known as Minneapolis's Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park. FMR has been actively involved throughout the planning process and we would like you to help us support this great plan. Please comment during the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's 45-day comment period scheduled to occur from December 4, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
NEW STUDY FINDS AGRICULTURE DRAIN TILES TO BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF PHOSPHORUS POLLUTION
It has long been known that phosphorus pollution from farm operations makes its way to our state's waters, sometimes helping feed toxic algal blooms like the one in Lake Erie this summer.
New research concludes that agricultural drain tile systems export far more of the phosphorus pollution than previously believed. The results show that drain tile systems accounted for 47% of the total phosphorus discharge to their watersheds.
These new findings suggest that reducing agriculture's share of phosphorus pollution to the Mississippi River will require meaningful efforts to address both field runoff and drain tile pollution.
Calendar of Events
LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER: NATIVE PLANTS, RAINGARDENS, LAWN CARE FOR WATER QUALITY (+ WINTER TIPS)
Thursday, December 4 -- 6-7 p.m.
Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul
Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR's former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.
Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at email@example.com or 651-222-2193 x31.
NOVEMBER: THE CHANGLING
Atomically speaking, the month starts out slow and then peters out all together.
Resource of the Month
DISPOSING OF MEDICATIONS PROPERLY HAS MULTIPLE BENEFITS
Getting rid of your pharmaceuticals properly can take an extra step or two, but that's far better than flushing your pills. Our wastewater treatment systems aren't designed to filter out pharmaceuticals, and after being released back into the environment, our ecosystems feel the effects.
FMR HAS A $10,000 CHALLENGE GIFT TO EARN BEFORE DECEMBER 31!
One of the most exciting things about being in development at FMR is that we get to watch the increasing community support for our work. Some of our most energized donors have stepped up again this year to offer a $10,000 challenge gift to encourage year-end giving and help FMR do more for our river and our community! If you contribute now, your support will be matched dollar for dollar!
Quote of the Month
"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value."
- Theodore Roosevelt