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River Hub Archive: News from the Minneapolis Riverfront

The archive of our weekly digest of news relating to the Minneapolis Riverfront, in collaboration with The Great River Coalition:


Former County Commissioner, Mark Andrew, Joins Initiative to Transform Lock and Dam into World-Class Visitors and Interpretative Center
In this newly created position, Andrew will forge a coalition of support for the riverfront revitalization among key decision makers in government, business and the private sector.

Plan to remake lock and dam, Minneapolis riverfront taking shape
The backers are on the verge of securing more than $5 million to get project off the ground.

The Future of Water: A Panel Discussion
Twin Cities community members will discuss their work caring for Minnesota's rivers, lakes, and lands and share resources and knowledge on ways to sustain a healthy and vibrant community.

Saturday: Lop buckthorn and build wildlife habitat piles in the river gorge
Join FMR staff and volunteers for a morning of working along the beautiful Mississippi river on the Minneapolis side of the river gorge.

New nonprofit formed to champion St. Paul's riverfront
St. Paul and Ramsey County have worked for years to reclaim the city’s 26-mile Mississippi River waterfront, which takes in the site of Minnesota’s largest unpermitted dump and once was overlooked by the county jail, of all things.

River of History: Settlement and Urban Residential Development Along the River, 1841-1950
Town formation in the MNRRA corridor began soon after settlers came to the upper Mississippi valley in the early 1800s. Between 1820 and 1945 dozens of settlements grew up in the MNRRA corridor.


Good news, bad news in the fight to stop invasive carp
Due to extended periods of high water this summer, a whopping 12 invasive carp were found in the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers in Minnesota this year.

Northern Metals’ Minneapolis facility shut down after company admits to altering pollution records
The embattled recycling company Northern Metals has admitted to altering pollution records and was ordered to shut down its north Minneapolis metal shredder weeks earlier than it wanted.

Metal shredder to shut down in settlement with Minnesota
The permanent shutdown at 6 p.m. Monday was one of the key parts of a settlement between Northern Metals Recycling and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

North Minneapolis metal shredder admits it altered pollution readings; must shut down facility
A legal settlement, filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court, marked an end to a bitter and yearslong effort by North Side residents and environmental activists to move Northern Metal Recycling out of their neighborhood.

North Minneapolis residents welcome shutdown of metal shredder
But residents also want legal consequences for Northern Metal Recycling.

Watch: Northern Metal Shuts Down Minneapolis Shredder

Area C: The overlooked Ford site
You might be familiar with the main Ford site and its redevelopment plans, but the hazardous waste dump site at Area C on the river's edge is less well-known.

Mississippi River News – Fall/Winter Edition from Mississippi Park Connection (Download/Read Online)
Looking for some light weekend reading? Download the latest edition of Mississippi River News.


Can a $1 million light-and-sound show stop invasive carp?
Barrier of underwater strobe lights and sound, invented at the U, may be final chance to flush invasive fish from Minnesota's waters.

Fort Snelling State Park reopens six months after extensive flood damage
Officials said repairs at the popular venue, closed since March, will continue through the fall.

Record rainfall causes erosion problems in southern Minnesota river towns
Runoff from the summer's soaking has eaten away riverbanks, landscape.

FMR graduates its first Youth Empowerment Program participants
If you visited the FMR office on a Tuesday in early August, you might have seen monarch butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises in mesh cages.

Changing climate, changing river
Learn more about how climate change will supercharge pollution from agricultural landscapes, how we're choosing species for our restoration projects with climate in mind, and how we factor climate change into our riverfront development advocacy.


Once key to industry and transportation, Mississippi River poised for makeover in Minneapolis
The stretch of the Mississippi between the upper St. Anthony Falls and Minneapolis’ northern border is poised for a once-in-a-generation transformation, as the river transitions from an industrial shipping corridor to a place beckoning boaters, kayakers, revelers and residents.

Minnesota DNR catches, tags silver carp in the St. Croix River
Wildlife officials found the silver carp, the first of its kind to get a tag, while tracking a tagged bighead carp.

How Minnesota can lead in a water-scarce world
In more than 40 countries roughly 700 million people suffer from water scarcity. As climate change deteriorates our natural landscape, there’s a need for solution-based proposals on how to provide and preserve access to high quality water.

Saturday: Scandal on the Water Front - The Theater of Public History!
Learn about the scandalous history of Minneapolis along the waterfront. Former Mayor “Doc” Ames had a corrupt and dangerous administration, but was it fun? What was it like when Madams once held influence over the Governor? Plus improv comedy!

Celebrating the Mississippi River: FMR presents an evening with American Routes' Nick Spitzer and WCCO's Jearlyn Steele
The Big River’s biggest night is just around the corner. We hope you can join us for An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River on October 3. This year’s event celebrates the myriad ways in which the river connects.


Scandal on the Water Front - The Theater of Public History!
Come hear stories from guests Penny Peterson, author of "Minneapolis Madams" and Iric Nathansen, author of "Minneapolis in the 20th Century".

Learn about the scandalous history of Minneapolis along the waterfront. Former Mayor “Doc” Ames had a corrupt and dangerous administration, but was it fun? What was it like when Madams once held influence over the Governor? Plus improv comedy!

‘It Smells Dangerous’: Whistleblower Tips Off MPCA About Northern Metals Violation

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking the courts to immediately get involved after a Northern Metal Recycling employee said the company altered its pollution control equipment readings.

Mississippi Park Connection Newsletter
The Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 print newsletter is hitting the stands in a few weeks. Sign-up to have a copy delivered to your front door…

Plant for the Future
As the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area’s urban canopy faces increasing pressure from invasive pests, a changing climate, and challenges with regeneration, Mississippi Park Connection is committed to building resilience in our urban forests.

At Pig's Eye Lake, officials split over using artificial islands to boost ecology
Wind across the shallow lake in St. Paul’s remote southeast corner stirs sediment in the water, blocking sunlight and preventing vegetation from taking root. Under the surface, carp root along the bottom, exacerbating the problem.

Save the Date - My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story - Family Day
Using natural and found materials guests can make their own images of St. Anthony Falls and the Minneapolis riverfront milling district during a family day that celebrates the new exhibit "My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story."


FMR voices concerns around Upper Harbor Terminal process
As we've participated in the last few months of community engagement around the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) redevelopment project in North Minneapolis, FMR has become increasingly concerned about how rushed and incomplete this process appears to be.

Visiting St. Anthony Falls
The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam closed in 2015. In the following summer of 2016, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers made an agreement for the National Park Service to operate the visitor center and give tours. Mississippi Park Connection, the nonprofit partner to the park, currently staffs the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center, which is how I got the amazing opportunity to work here.

Friday Night: Sunset on the Lock
Sunset on the Lock is the only chance to experience the best of Minnesota summer nights in one of the most picturesque locations in the Twin Cities, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.

Saturday Night: Sunset on the Lock: Chalk the Lock
Join us on August 31 for extended evening hours to get close to the falls and the Mississippi River. In addition to enjoying a stroll along the lock wall and stunning views, world renowned chalk artists Shawn McCann Arts and Kimberly Wood (The Seventh Studio) will be creating chalk art installations.


Study could expand public access to roaring Minneapolis riverfront
Upper St. Anthony Falls area could be transformed by visitor center and more.

Minnesota teen buys an island in the Mississippi for his beloved bunnies
On a Mississippi River isle, a teenager has created a haven for his beloved bunnies, and a healing place for humans.

Staycations on North America's Rivers and Waterways: The Mississippi
Call it “Ol’ Man River,” “The Big Muddy,” “Old Blue,” “The Gathering of Waters” or the translation of its original Ojibwe name “misi-ziibi” meaning “Great River,” the Mississippi is America's most iconic, historic and storied river route.

Watch: First Phase of Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Revamp Almost Complete
The finishing touches are going on the first phase of the revamp of Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. The city of Brooklyn Park and Three Rivers Park District are partnering together on a project to revitalize the two parks.

Reclaiming the river: North Minneapolis connects with its water border
The narrative about the Northside’s relationship to its national park border often focuses on disconnection. The construction of highway 94 in the 60s created a formidable barrier between residents and the Mississippi River. Industry and undeveloped land continues to make accessing the waterfront a difficult and sometimes impossible experience.

FMR Job Opening: Administrative Assistant
FMR is a leading and growing nonprofit organization working to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.

Tomorrow Night - Public Meeting: St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Disposition Study at the Mill City Museum
Since the closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock in 2015, commercial river traffic on the Mississippi upstream of downtown St. Paul has declined. This has raised questions about the future of the three locks and two dams in Minneapolis and St. Paul: Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls, and Lock and Dam No. 1, often called the "Ford Dam."

Saturday: History of The Mississippi River - Theater Of Public Policy
Issues and stories of the Mississippi River come to life through engaging conversations and improvisation on three nights with the Theater of Public Policy. The Theater of Public Policy advances the understanding of complex ideas and issues by unpacking them through smart conversation and improvisational comedy.


Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge
About 180 miles from Lake Itasca, the river here runs into its first major barrier — a 49-foot-tall dam that regulates the river’s depth and speed, permitting year-round barge and ship traffic.

Judge's ruling gives north Minneapolis metal shredder more time
Facility had been ordered to close Aug. 1 because of air pollution concerns.

Pollinator Pathways Community Event
Join the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the University of St. Thomas for a guided walk through MWMO’s raingardens and native plantings to learn more about pollinators.

Special Places: Cocktails on the river
We suggest a couple of our favorite spots to grab a cocktail (or mocktail) and watch the river flow by.

WEEK OF JULY 29, 2019

Our reliance on the Mississippi River is slowly destroying it
Minnesotans love the Mississippi River. Its source is our very own Lake Itasca, and it’s hard not to feel some sense of ownership as it winds through our state on the way to Louisiana.

The World’s Appetite Is Threatening the Mississippi River
Pollutants from booming farms combined with record wet weather are contaminating the nation's mightiest waterway.

MPCA: Minneapolis metal shredder must shut down by Aug. 1
Northern Metal Recycling had sought an extension while it completes a new shredder in Becker.

A lane of East River Road closed by mudslide now open
Heavy rainfall is believed to have caused a portion of the bluff to collapse.

Riverboat performance lets audience navigate a murder mystery
This isn’t an ordinary river cruise. It’s an interactive murder mystery that employs the riverboat to take guests down the Mississippi River to find the killer hiding among them.

Reporter's Notebook: Paddling On the Mississippi River
Recently I did something I had never done before, I took a canoe ride on the Mississippi River.

Tonight: Voices of the River
Join Victoria Bradford Styrbicki, dancer-athlete and organizer of Relay of Voices, the relay connecting the voices of the Mississippi River Region through shared movement and listening, for an evening of body-based storytelling.

WEEK OF JULY 22, 2019

Saturday: Lock-uatennial Open House
In conjunction with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, enjoy a leisurely stroll or picnic on the lock wall surrounded by panoramic views of the falls, explore the visitor center, interact with National Park Service rangers and the Army Corps of Engineers, and discover the history and impact of the falls on Minneapolis and the nation.

A fisherman's hope for balance between urban development and natural conservation
One of Nicholas Hammer's favorite hideaways is where Shingle Creek enters the Mississippi River, on the west side of the 42nd Avenue bridge in north Minneapolis. It's the spot where he usually sets up his fishing rod — shaded by trees, surrounded by birdsong and sloping gently into the water.

The World’s Appetite Is Threatening the Mississippi River
Pollutants from booming farms combined with record wet weather are contaminating the nation's mightiest waterway.

Finding spiritual connections, a sense of place on the Mississippi River
More than 30 years ago, a spiritualist in San Diego told Amoke Kubat she'd be "crossing the Mississippi River a lot."

July 31 Deadline for Entries in the Friends of the Mississippi River's Summer 2019 Write to the River Project
What brings you to the Mississippi during the summer? Friends of the Mississippi River invites you to be inspired and participate in their Write to the River creative writing project. Share an original poem or short prose response to seasonal images along the Upper Mississippi River.

Mississippi Messages — July 2019

July News from the Parks Foundation

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Newsletter

WEEK OF JULY 15, 2019

Watch & Read: A trip down the mighty Mississippi
From the gentle rising headwaters in Northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico over 2,300 miles downstream, Mo Rocca takes a trip on the Mississippi River.

Watch: Paddle Share on the mighty Mississippi River
Paddle Share is expanding locations along the Mississippi.

Watch: Kayaking the Mississippi with Paddle Share
hayne Wells meets up with Katie Nyberg from the Mississippi Park Connection to learn all about the abundant kayaking opportunities they have along the Mississippi.

Position announcement: Administrative Assistant with Friends of the Mississippi River
The position is right for an organized and detail-oriented person with a genuine commitment to protecting the environmental and cultural resources of the Mississippi River.

FMR opposes proposed riverfront parking ramp
The proposed Federal Reserve Bank parking ramp.

Wednesday: St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Tour

Thursday: Free Water Ski Show with the Twin Cities River Rats!

Thursday - Downtown Riverfront Walking Tour

Friday - Lock and Dam 1 Open House

WEEK OF JULY 8, 2019

10 Reasons to Celebrate the RiverFirst Campaign
With the launch of the RiverFirst Campaign this week, it is only fitting to write a listicle on the many amazing reasons to celebrate this landmark Campaign and why we hope YOU will consider supporting this vision with a donation.

Explore the river
Where do FMR staff visit and explore our metro Mississippi River? We've featured 30 of our favorite places on this map. Be sure to check out the links to guides curated by experience and region below.

Job Opening: Water Resources Specialist
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is seeking a Water Resources Specialist to join the team.

Urban ecosystems grow in Cedar-Riverside
Rain gardens help to sustain pollinators while filtering clean water.

Tuesday: NEW! Paddle with a Ranger in Minneapolis
Get up close and personal with a heron rookery, spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other wildlife as you kayak down the Mississippi River with park ranger Sharon Stiteler.

Friday: Bike with a Ranger at The Commons (Minneapolis)
This Bike with a Ranger program begins at The Commons in downtown Minneapolis and takes you to historic stops along the river. Witness the evolution of a mill city that grew around water, power, and massive flour mills.

WEEK OF JULY 1, 2019

Thor Cos. out as partner in Minneapolis riverfront development
The firm shut down its construction arm amid lawsuits and other issues.

Nicollet Island Restoration Project
FMR is embarking on restoration of the natural areas on Nicollet Island. Restoration will encompass roughly 5.8 acres of land on the northeast side of the island and a band of an additional 1.3 acres of land on the island’s west side. The island itself is a 48-acre landmass located in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The acres in question are all owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

NEW! Paddle with a Ranger in Minneapolis
Get up close and personal with a heron rookery, spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other wildlife as you kayak down the Mississippi River with park ranger Sharon Stiteler. You will also pass by the site for the Upper Harbor Terminal Project, and several industries on the river. This four-mile paddle from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park includes a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device rental from Paddle Share.

Thursday & Friday: Free Water Ski Show with the Twin Cities River Rats!
Join the River Rats as they travel through Mr. Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! The nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team puts on an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills!

Sunday: Railroad History Walking Tour at Mill City Museum
Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.

WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019

Updated Designs for the Great Northern Greenway River Overlook
Iconic North Minneapolis riverfront park attraction expected to break ground this fall and open in 2020

Invasive carp caught in Minnesota rivers
The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed that over the last few weeks a bighead carp was caught in the St. Croix River near the Xcel Energy Allen S. King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights and three silver carp were caught in the Mississippi River between the locks and dams at Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.

Park officials announce Mississippi River overlook in north Minneapolis
It will be the first new waterfront access on the North Side in 20 years.

$1.59M island home is a 'hidden treasure' south of St. Paul on Mississippi River
Grey Cloud Island property boasts five bedrooms, swimming pool and serene setting only 13 miles from St. Paul.

Help Clear the Overgrowth
The woods in James Rice Park have gone largely unmanaged for decades, and we need help clearing out some of the overgrowth to make the trails and views of the river more enjoyable for everyone. Tools provided.

Tuesday - RiverFirst Riverfront Tour
Get an insider’s view from guide Tom Evers (Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director) of how the Minneapolis riverfront will soon transform through the most visionary parks-building effort in generations. 

Wednesday Night: Murder on the Mississippi 2019
Fearless Comedy Productions is back with a brand new performance of Murder on the Mississippi. Featuring new cast members and an original, never-before-seen script set in the 1850s, this fresh take on a popular murder mystery theme is sure to keep you guessing!

Wednesday Night: Share the River Nordeast 2019
Join us for an evening of community, canoeing and cookies! Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab a free cookie from Cookie Cart and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at our Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

Wednesday Night: Public Hearing on Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan
A public hearing on the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan is scheduled at 6:30 pm during the regular Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners meeting Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 pm at Mary Merrill MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.

Friday Night: Sunset on the Lock
Join the Mississippi Park Connection June 28 for the lock’s extended evening hours to get close to the falls and the Mississippi River. Stroll along the lock wall with panoramic views of the Mississippi River and surrounding area, with a classic Minneapolis sunset as the backdrop to your life.

WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2019

Midtown Greenway advocates consider bridge options over Mississippi River
The Midtown Greenway Coalition examined the cost of bridge renovation.

Mississippi River dredging heavy duty after late snow, spring rain
Much more sand and silt have come down the river after late snow.

Opening Night: Murder on the Mississippi 2019
Part social event, part theater production, and all aboard the Jonathan Padelford!

WEEK OF JUNE 10, 2019

Watch - Hill's Folly: James J Hill and the Stone Arch Bridge
One of the most recognizable architectural landmarks of Minneapolis is the Stone Arch Bridge.  Built by Railroad Baron James J. Hill back in 1883, the Stone Arch Bridge is the only bridge of its kind spanning the Mississippi River.  Built of 100,000 tons of granite and limestone, this 2,100 foot long structure, composed of twenty-three gracefully curving arches, helped usher the railroad age into the city of Minneapolis.

In its heyday, forty-eight passenger trains crossed the Stone Arch Bridge each and every day bringing thousands of travelers into and out of the central business district of Minneapolis.  But as air travel replaced passenger train travel, the bridge went into decline.  By 1980 it had become little more than a fenced off, derelict structure surrounded by crumbling, abandoned flour mills.

In 1994 a partnership of public agencies rehabilitated the bridge for pedestrian use.  Today the Stone Arch Bridge is the jewel of the brilliantly redeveloped Minneapolis Riverfront.  Thanks primarily to the Minneapolis Park Board, our grandchildren, as well as our grandchildrens' grandchildren, will one day be able to stroll across the Mississippi River on James J. Hill's monument to the railroad age.

Watch Hill’s Folly on YouTube…

Wednesday: NE Stormwater Management Initiative
Join Council Member Kevin Reich and representatives from MWMO, Mpls Public Works and Minneapolis Park & Rec Board to learn more about a joint partnership to implement innovative stormwater Best Management Practices like tree trenches and biofiltration basins at Columbia Golf Course in NE Minneapolis. This initiative follows several years of monitoring and developing detailed stormwater models. Stop by between 5 & 5:30 to tour MWMO's Stormwater Park & Learning Center, then attend the forum which starts at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Check out this awesome Mississippi River Paddle Share video produced by Almanac!
Paddle Share is a new, first-in-the-nation program that lets you rent a kayak right from your phone. It’s a collaboration between the National Park Service and several non-profit and corporate partners.

Landmark farm rule aims to protect Minnesota's drinking water
Hoping to cut nitrate levels in drinking supply, Minnesota regulating fertilizer use.

Plant shrubs, wildflowers and sedges along the river gorge
We will spend the evening planting shrubs, wildflowers, sedges and a few trees helping to build a buffer of native plant populations around the prized oak savanna area and will help to re-establish native vegetation where buckthorn has been previously removed.

Saturday: Global Water Dance on the Stone Arch Bridge
This worldwide event, linked throughout the day via broadcast and social media, will challenge countless observers, locally and online, to deepen their understanding about the importance of water in communities the world over.

WEEK OF JUNE 3, 2019

Riverfront regional park plan roundup
This past month, FMR's River Corridor program staff have been busy reviewing and commenting on draft master plans for Above the Falls, Mississippi Gorge and Hidden Falls Crosby Farm regional parks.

Canoe RAVE at North Mississippi Regional Park
For this RAVE, we will explore the northern end of our park aboard our awesome partner Wilderness Inquiry’s 24-foot voyageur canoes, and along the way hear river stories from national park rangers. We’ll meet near picnic shelter C at North Mississippi Regional Park, paddle out, land at River Park to do a service project, and then paddle back to where we started.

Watch: U of M researchers experiment with 'Carp Cannon' to stop spread of invasive fish
The annual migration of fish presents a unique opportunity for researchers at the University of Minnesota testing a new way to stop the spread of invasive carp.

Enjoy the view and tend the native prairie at Ole Olson Park
Ole Olson Park in north Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but we want it to be recognized for even more. Join FMR as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail.

Tending Our Shared Waters: Roundtable Gathering & Celebration
For the past year, Freshwater Society and Water Bar & Public Studio have been working together with local artists and organizers on "Tending Our Shared Waters" -- a pilot project supported with an Action Grant from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

Free Canoe Rides on the Mississippi
Join us for an evening of community, canoeing and cookies! Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab a free cookie from Cookie Cart and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at our Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

WEEK OF MAY 27, 2019

Meet Your Neighbors: Eagles & Marcy-Holmes
Three eaglets hatched this spring in the Marcy-Holmes nest near the Stone Arch Bridge. Sharon Stiteler, National Park Service bird expert, will introduce our new avian neighbors.

Life (and lots of music) on the Mississippi
Jeff Arundel’s restaurant empire on the banks of the Mississippi River sits a few miles from the Tangletown neighborhood he grew up in, but it’s safe to say that growing up near Minnehaha Creek and Lake Harriet influenced the owner of the Aster Cafe, Jefe, the Hideaway Burger Bar and the River Room — all of which carry an ancient feel straight out of Harry Potter or Game Of Thrones.

Point: From superstar to sewer: The path of the Minnesota River
A run-down river runs through our state. It used to be great, and now it's degraded. We did that — and we just won't stop.

Counterpoint: Further perspectives on the 'run-down' Minnesota River
Farming gets pegged as a culprit for the Minnesota's condition, but if we're putting things in historical context, we must think broadly.

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is seeking an Administrative Assistant to join the team.

Rescheduled: Paddle Share Season Opener – June 1
We're sorry to report that Paddle Share will be CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend due to high water and unsafe conditions* on the Mississippi River.

WEEK OF MAY 20, 2019

Is Minnesota’s tiny Lake Itasca the true source of the Mississippi River?
The river’s cultural story spans decades of exploration by travelers who followed the Mississippi north into Minnesota in search of its source.

A walk through Deep Time on the Stone Arch Bridge
Here's a thought experiment to put our impact on this world in perspective.

Photos: A rare glimpse inside the Hennepin Island Powerhouse
Across from the humming patios of St. Anthony Main, a tangle of trees and electrical equipment hide a slice of Minneapolis history.

Paddle Share Season Opener (Memorial Day Weekend)
Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who have some kayaking experience, don’t own a boat, and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country. 

A Newcomer’s TOP 5 List of Minneapolis Park Activities
As a new resident, there is still so much that I’d like to explore. So, after diving into some online resources and talking with new acquaintances, I’ve built a short list of my “Top 5” Minneapolis parks and activities that I’ve made it my goal to get to this summer.

Will Thor Construction’s closure affect plans for the Upper Harbor Terminal?
Long before the change in the development team, the project faced pushback from some community members.

St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center Season Opener
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam provides panoramic views of the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam, St. Anthony Falls, and the surrounding mill district. Exhibits at the visitor center provide information about the falls and its place in Minnesota history.

WEEK OF MAY 13, 2019

‘Share the River Nordeast’ Canoe Event Returns on June 26
Experience the Mississippi River in an evening of community, canoeing and cookies.

Write to the River — Spring 2019 call for submissions
Write to the River is a creative writing project to inspire artistic engagement with our river environment.

Show your favorite river spots some love and vote for them in the River Travel Magazine Best Of contest
River Travel Magazine is announcing the 2019 Best of The River contest, this survey is focusing on the best attractions, accommodations, food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Spring Birding on the Mississippi Flyway
Watch for the earliest spring migrants along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis while walking with an MPRB naturalist.

Would you like to see Minneapolis from a new perspective? Would you like to help some students learn about how the city used the great waterfall? Please consider volunteering with the new and improved Journey to the Falls field trip.
Assist park rangers and the Minnesota Historical Society in leading a student activity operating hand mills, and interpreting artifacts and ruins. Work will be with field trip students (grades 4-6). Volunteers will meet at Mill Ruins Park in downtown Minneapolis.

WEEK OF MAY 6, 2019

Bite Back: An edible invasives potluck
While we feast on homemade garlic mustard pesto, quiche and more, Friends of the Mississippi ecologist Alex Roth will tell us how garlic mustard and other invasives impact the Mississippi River and local ecology.

New Issue: Open Rivers Spring Edition
This issue, brings together “an alarmingly beautiful set of calls to action, meditations on, and new directions toward our relationship with injustice and water” to offer some insight into these questions.

10th Avenue Bridge repairs expected to start in the fall
While the project will cause closures, improvements will make the bridge safer for bikers and pedestrians, officials say.

Coming in June: Share the River Nordeast 2019
In addition to learning to paddle on the river, participants will also have opportunities to learn about the Mississippi River’s history, water quality, plants, animals and more.

Update: Clean Water Fund bills pit key water programs against one another
These bills, the House and Senate "Clean Water Fund" bills have major differences between them, with significant implications for programs that impact the health of the Mississippi River, FMR's top legislative priorities.6

How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?
The 48-acre sliver of land in the Mississippi River beside downtown is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that’s just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

Sub-Mississippi River water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering
Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River to keep one of the city's most important drinking water pipes safe from the elements.

Memorial in Minneapolis will offer a place of healing for sexual assault survivors
Advocate plans space at Boom Island Park in northeast Minneapolis.

Friends of the Mississippi River Annual Report Now Online
Media rich interactive report a leap forward for, well, these kind of things.

25 ways you can help the river
Whether it’s unclogging a storm drain or lobbying at the Capitol, we hope you’ll find something new to try on this list of 25 ways you can help the river.

Outdoor & Nature Programming at Kroening Interpretive Center

Watch: 'Paddle Share' Is 'Nice Ride' On The Mississippi
You can now enjoy being on the Mississippi River even if you don't own a boat or canoe.

WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2019

Watch & Read: April 2019 Flooding at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL)
Thanks to the flooding Mississippi River, with its 42,000 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) flow, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Research Associate Jess Kozarek was able to paddle a kayak on 22 inches of water covering SAFL's basement floor.

Friends of the Mississippi 2018 Annual Report
Friends of the Mississippi invites you to enjoy their interactive online annual report. 

Minneapolis plans to refurbish aging 10th Avenue Bridge over Mississippi River
After 90 years, things start to wear out. That's the case with the 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River parallel to Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis.

Sub-river water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering
Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River.

Flying silver carp are discovered in the St. Croix River
Earlier this week, some commercial fishers on the St. Croix River, not far from Prescott, Wisconsin, hauled up their nets and found they’d snagged a little something extra.

Latest capture of silver 'flying' carp on St. Croix is 'disappointing' to DNR
An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.

#FindYourPark: Islands of Peace
There are three islands in the Mississippi River between Fridley and Brooklyn Center, known collectively since 1971 as the Islands of Peace.

Demonstration prairie planting on Nicollet Island
Working together on Nicollet Island, FMR staff and volunteers will dig in and plant over 600 native prairie plants! These prairie plugs will be planted in two 150-square-foot raised bed gardens along the newly installed pedestrian trail.

WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019

Minneapolis residents, there is still time to help shape the Upper Harbor Terminal development!
The Minnesota Legislature is considering $2 million in public bonds for a privately-operated concert venue at Upper Harbor Terminal on the North Minneapolis riverfront, within Above the Falls Regional Park.

Using Science and Engineering to Clean Up Downtown Minneapolis’ Dirty Stormwater Runoff
It’s spring, one of our dirtiest times of year in the stormwater management world. It’s the time when all that trash and pollution that gathered on the landscape and got buried under the snow starts to re-surface. Melting snow piles and rain mobilize that pollution, often before the street sweepers or other spring clean-up efforts can get out to address the problem.

Breaking Ground on New Green Infrastructure Projects in the Watershed
Here at the MWMO, the vast majority of our annual budget goes toward green infrastructure projects — landscape features that capture, treat and/or reuse stormwater runoff. This is the time of year when our projects begin to break ground, and we’ve got an exciting slate of projects lined up for 2019.

Riverfront development plan could redo St. Paul skyline
Riverfront development plan could redo St. Paul skyline.

River Related Job Openings

Mississippi Park Connection: Retired or substitute teachers for seasonal part-time paid positions as River Educators.

National Park Service: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is hiring a permanent full-time Cultural Resources Program Manager.

Earth Day Riverfront Events

Mississippi River Gorge: Annual River Gorge Earth Day cleanup

Father Hennepin Park: Earth Day Clean Up 2019

Boom Island Park: 2019 5K Bee Run - Earth Day Fun Run/Walk/River Cleanup


Now Showing: Riverlines at MWMO
MWMO is hosting a new exhibit of abstract paintings that illustrate a deep connection with the Mississippi River. Local artist Annie Hejny has brought her exhibit "Riverlines" to our Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

Photos: Mississippi River continues to rise in St. Paul
The Mississippi in Saint Paul reached its flood crest last Sunday at almost 20 feet. Here's what it looked like:

Write to the River — Spring 2019 call for submissions
After record snowfall and persistent river ice, the first signs of spring have finally arrived: longer days, intense sunlight, pools of meltwater and flood warnings. How does spring along the river affect you? We'd like to know.

April 20: Mississippi River Care - Father Hennepin Bluffs
Join your neighbors and people working nearby as we care for our Mississippi River together. Take a healthy break helping clean up our Mississippi riverfront; learning about the future of the Mississippi and how you can make a difference; and having fun with other people in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Good for your community, good for your environment, and good for you!

April 20: Annual River Gorge Earth Day cleanup
All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event providing an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you!


Watch: Annual Eagle Survey on the Mississippi River
"Every year we monitor the park's bald eagle population by locating nests via helicoptor and assessing how many chicks are in each nest. Our annual survey is happening next week!”

Report: Protecting Mississippi headwaters has big payoff
A new study of the upper Mississippi River suggests the economic benefits of preserving critical land in the river's headwaters region could significantly outweigh the cost.

Increasing pollution sparks plan to restore Mississippi River headwaters
Guarding Mississippi seen as less costly than cleanup.

With ice retreating, Mississippi River primed for traffic still stuck downstream
Flooding downstream on the Mississippi means towboats can't travel north.

Mississippi River flooding could cost St. Paul $750,000
Public works crews have built the barriers along the Mississippi River downtown.

Minnesota rivers continue to creep up, but flooding remains moderate
A slow melt and lots of preparation have minimized the damage.

WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019

'Water Works' project reimagines downtown Minneapolis Mill District
Construction on a two-phase, $30-million downtown park project will start as soon as conditions allow, according to Kate Lamers, a project design manager with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.

Water Works Update: Mezzanine Phase
First proposed in 2011, the Water Works project has seen several design concepts, finally settling on something fairly close to the original from December 2011 (watch video below):

Upper Harbor Terminal - Where do we go from here?
Despite many concerns raised by community residents and FMR's River Guardians, the Minneapolis City Council has approved the concept plan for the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site in North Minneapolis.

In changing north Minneapolis riverfront, mushroom farm fights to fit in
Since 2015, Mississippi Mushrooms has cultivated several varieties in the middle of the former Upper Harbor Terminal.

St. Paul braces for Mississippi River flooding with emergency declaration
The City Council approved Mayor Melvin Carter's emergency declaration.

Red Bull’s High-Flying Flugtag Event Returns to St. Paul This September
The last time St. Paul hosted the human-powered aircrafts competition was in 2010, when a team set the world record for furthest distance traveled.

Red Bull Flugtag event returning to St. Paul this fall
Mayor Melvin Carter parachuted onto Harriet Island to spread the news.

WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2019

Stone Arch Bridge slated to be closed this week for electrical repairs
Maintenance and repairs on overhead power lines will close the downtown Minneapolis pedestrian and bike bridge Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday - Welcome Back the Herons at Marshall Terrace Park
Great blue herons start returning to their rookery on the Mississippi River toward the end of March. Join Park Ranger Sharon (aka Birdchick) at Marshall Terrace Park in Minneapolis to watch them rebuild nests and do a little flirting. With any luck, you may also see the resident peregrine falcons fly over, as well as migrating ducks such as the buffleheads and goldeneye.

April 10: Water Action Day 2019
Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

Coming Soon: Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour
Hungry for an off the beaten path Minneapolis food experience? Join us as we explore one of the city's trendy and historical neighborhoods, the Mill District and St. Anthony on Main in Northeast Minneapolis.

Map Monday: An Urban Transit-Type Portrayal of the Upper Mississippi
The above map shows the start of the Mississippi River in the upper left corner, down to Minneapolis and St. Paul, and then toward Wisconsin.

WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2019

Spring Cleaning: Mississippi River Care: Father Hennepin Bluffs
Take a healthy break helping clean up our Mississippi riverfront; learning about the future of the Mississippi and how you can make a difference; and having fun with other people in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

Experience the Mississippi River Paddle Share
Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who don’t own a boat and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. See how easy it is to use the Paddle Share in this short video.

Job Opening: National Park Ranger at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The duties are primarily staffing and providing support for the Mississippi River Visitor Center and Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam visitor center.


Minneapolis City Council approves concept plan for riverfront project
The redevelopment would be one of the city's biggest projects in recent years.

Mpls. council backs concept for riverfront development
The Upper Harbor Terminal plan concerns 48 acres of riverfront. It envisions entertainment facilities and affordable housing, and it would restore river access to nearby neighborhoods.

With Minneapolis' first amphitheater, city walks fine line between national and community attraction
Minneapolis riverfront plan has raised concerns for North Siders about their role in redevelopment.

Despite opposition, Minneapolis approves Upper Harbor Terminal amphitheater concept
Residents of North Minneapolis say their views have been ignored during the process.

Everything You Need to Know About Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal Project—And What Happens Next
The massive plan to turn 48 acres of riverfront land into housing, businesses and an outdoor performance venue was approved Friday. Here's a look at the costs and the challenges ahead.

Wednesday: Working River Tour: Mpls Drinking Water Plant
Ever wonder how the water you drink every day gets to your tap? Join us for this unique tour of The Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Service (WTDS) located along the Mississippi River.


See the Mississippi River in its natural flow state

City Council committee approves N. Mpls. riverfront development 'concept plan'

Minneapolis City Council panel advances North Side riverfront development, with pledge to listen

After leading a Minneapolis riverfront revival, MSR Design heads downtown


Upper Harbor Terminal vote postponed again as opponents seek changes

Shriners campus near Mississippi River in Minneapolis is for sale

Welcome Back the Herons March 23 with the Mississippi Park Connection

Full funding secured to repair Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge repairs fully funded

Caution: Bridge closings coming in 2020

A Drone’s Eye View of the Watershed

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