Pioneer Press • Your fleece jacket might be polluting the Mississippi River – and your beer

Over the past decade, environmentalists have worried about the effect of microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic in facial scrubs that wash down the drain into rivers and lakes. But it turns out a bigger threat might be our clothing….

East Side Review & Lillie Suburban News • Celebrating 100 years of National Parks, including the park closest to home

After a brief overview of Minnesota’s national parks, Ramsey Conservation District Supervisor Gwen Willems turns her attention to the one running right through the heart of the Twin Cities metro and the report’s key findings. Source: East Side Review and…

Hastings Star Gazette • ‘State of the River’ report comes to Schaar’s Bluff

If you’ve been to the Hastings riverfront, you’ve been in a national park. Hastings is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area or MNRRA, the 72-mile national park stretching from Dayton on the north to the Mighty Mississippi’s…

St. Cloud Times • Mississippi health improving, but new threats emerge

A report on the health of the Mississippi River contains some good news, but also highlights some emerging threats that pose a risk to its water quality, aquatic life and recreational value. The 2016 State of the River report includes…

WJON St. Cloud • State of the Mississippi River Report Shows Positive Trend in River Health

The Mississippi River is a wonderful asset to the community, but what does the future hold for the river? The National Park Service held their State of the Mississippi River Report in St. Cloud Friday morning. Lark Weller is the…

Longfellow Nokomis Messenger • How can citizens contribute to a healthier Mississippi River?

In addition to an overview of the report’s key findings, this article includes the key actions that residents can take to improve the health of the river. Source: Margie O’Loughlin Longfellow Nokomis Messenger

Northfield News and Owatanna Peoples Press • Water in the media, but is any of it good news?

I’ve been noticing lately how much water has been in the news. Not just the dramatic flooding in our area this fall, but the ongoing talk of agricultural buffers, the banning of triclosan and microbeads in soaps in Minnesota, plastic…

Northeaster News • State of the River examines microplastics, invasive species

While much of what we hear here about the Mississippi River revolves around proposed developments and how they will affect our access, do we know if the river’s safe to play in or fish once we get there? The new…

Coon Rapids TV • ‘State of the River’ Highlights Improvements, Concerns on the Mississippi [Video]

Much of the rain we see finds its way to the Mississippi River, and a new study on the river out this week shows both healthy trends and cause for concern. The Friends of the Mississippi River released its “State…

Star Tribune editorial board • Mississippi health needs boost from ag

Healthier populations of fish, eagles and mussels continue to reflect the river’s gradual recovery from less enlightened eras when it was treated as a convenient garbage dump. But this world-renowned waterway faces pollution threats old and new, according to the…