State of the River

How is our Mississippi River?

“State of the River” presentation April 17 at Minnehaha Academy North Campus

So, how is our Mississippi River? Is it okay to swim in? To eat the fish? Should I worry about Asian carp? How are the eagles? Recently the National Park Service (NPS) and Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) collaborated to provide some answers in the form of a “State of the River Report.” The report’s authors, Lark Weller (NPS) and Longfellow resident Trevor Russell (FMR), will present the report for the public at Minnehaha Academy North Campus, 3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, on April 17, 7:00-8:00 pm. Park at east lot, enter at the clock tower door; presentation will be in the chapel. Sponsored by Longfellow Community Council’s River Gorge Committee, the event is free and open to the public.

While strongly supported by science, the report is presented in a non-technical manner for a general public audience. It highlights 13 key indicators of water quality and river health in the metro Mississippi River. The report is online at www.stateoftheriver.com. A Stewardship Guide of river friendly tips for home, yard and community practices will be available at the presentation.

FFI: Lyndon Torstenson, 651-293-8426

Photos courtesy National Park Service

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