In the Media

FMR is proud to serve as the voice for the Mississippi River and the people who care about it — at the Capitol, in our communities and in the media. Many thanks to the reporters who take the time to cover important river issues.

Star Tribune ― March 27, 2024
by Bob Timmons

FMR and the Stop Carp Coalition's pursuit of an invasive carp deterrent crossed a significant — and exciting — threshold thanks to an unexpected source of funding. 

KIMT ― March 8, 2024
by Sean Macaday

Hundreds of invasive carp were caught near Winona in December. Last month, the DNR caught 83 more. FMR's Colleen O'Connor Toberman stresses the importance of acting now to stop the spread of these fish.

MinnPost ― February 29, 2024
by Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Paul Austin and Ellen Anderson

In this opinion piece, our policy advocate Ellen Anderson and our colleagues make the case for a Clean Transportation Standard for Minnesota this legislative session.

KIMT ― February 16, 2024
by Sean Macaday

FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark explains the benefits of a multi-state approach to address the river's most significant threats.

Star Tribune ― February 15, 2024
by Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson interviews Dr. Peter Sorensen about research and feasibility of an invasive carp deterrent. Anderson mentions FMR's advocacy at the Legislature.

Star Tribune ― February 12, 2024
by Laura Yuen

FMR Agricultural Policy Manager Peter LaFontaine explains how his summer camp experience led him into environmental policy work.

Star Tribune ― February 10, 2024
by Madeline Heim

A bill to create a place-based, whole-river program Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act was introduced in both the House and the Senate for the first time. FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark is quoted.

Star Tribune ― January 27, 2024
by Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson's latest column calls on Minnesota lawmakers to invest in a barrier to slow down the spread of invasive carp.

Minnesota Reformer ― January 22, 2024
by Christian Cardenas

Would the Minneapolis 2040 plan be bad for the environment? We don't think so, as cited in the article, partly because of its "potential to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions."

KSTP ― January 19, 2024
by Richard Reeve

FMR's Colleen O'Connor Toberman describes the threat that invasive carp pose to ecosystems and how a barrier can address their spread.

Star Tribune ― January 18, 2024
by Greg Stanley

FMR's Colleen O'Connor Toberman notes that the DNR's proposed timeline isn't urgent enough in their recently released invasive carp action plan.

Outdoor News ― January 18, 2024
by Brian Mozey

Outdoor News talked to FMR's Whitney Clark and Colleen O'Connor Toberman about reactions to the recently released plan, what FMR commends and what we hope to see at the Legislature this year.

Outdoor News ― January 10, 2024
by Rob Drieslein

FMR's Colleen O’Conner Toberman shared details about some upcoming public meetings explaining the DNR’s new invasive carp action plan. (She was also featured on their podcast.)

Stillwater Gazette ― January 7, 2024
by Angie Hong

Angie Hong overviews a few newer methods of buckthorn management, including critical period cutting, which we've employed since 2021.

MPR News ― January 5, 2024
by Kirsti Marohn

Too much nitrate fertilizer creates unsafe drinking water. Who should pay? FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell weighs in on approaches to curb the problem.

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