July’s Positive Change recipient is Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), a grassroots organization that actively engages local citizens to protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed throughout the metro. Founded in 1993, FMR formed to serve as the citizen, community, and environmental voice for the river in the Twin Cities region. Over the years, FMR has built a strong reputation for taking an inclusive, place-based, strategic approach to enhancing the ecological health of the Mississippi River and its watershed as well as protecting the many assets that the river brings to our region.
FMR’s four program areas focus on water quality and watershed health, land protection and restoration, community education and engagement, and river corridor protection. Their multi-faceted, holistic approach dramatically impacts how local Twin Cities residents and visitors interact with and protect the river. Each year, they actively engage, educate, and inspire citizens through more than 100 volunteer and educational activities in order to raise water quality awareness and strengthen environmental stewardship of the watershed’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
July Positive Change proceeds will support FMR’s activities and efforts to protect and improve the river’s water quality, which happens to be the main source of St. Paul’s drinking water. These activities include things such as environmental education for children and adults, clean water advocacy, public policy development, and invasive species removals in places like Crosby Farm Park in Saint Paul.