The Mississippi is one of the world’s great rivers, a natural resource of global significance. In the Twin Cities and region, the Mississippi provides recreation and a sense of place for millions of residents and visitors. Unfortunately, the River still faces many threats. Friends of the Mississippi River works to protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed along a 72 mile stretch, improving water quality, conserving riverfront and protecting the river's unique natural, scenic, cultural and recreational qualities. The organization has an annual budget of $1.6 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 18 who work on land conservation, water quality, land use policy, and other related areas.
Over the course of more than 20 years, FMR has established deep relationships and credibility with thousands of citizens, landowners, neighborhood organizations, volunteers, and elected officials. The organization has become a national model for conservation and watershed protection.