Impact stories

Clean Water and Nature for People in Northern Minnesota:

The clean water and wild lands in the Boundary Waters draw people from all over the world, and provide critical habitat for eagles, moose, other wildlife and native plants.  The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness advocates year-round to protect this cherished area from the threat of proposed sulfide mines on the edge of the wilderness and the St Louis River. If permitted, these mines could drastically impact the water quality of the Boundary Waters, Lake Superior, and drinking water in communities throughout Northeast Minnesota.


Preserving and Caring for Natural Places Close to Home in Cities:

People who live in the heart of cities particularly need access to natural areas, and the Mississippi River offers some great places for people and nature to thrive.  This fall the Friends of the Mississippi River will break ground on its newest urban land restoration site, a demonstration native prairie garden along the bike trail and the Mississippi River in Minneapolis’s Ole Olsen Park. People will see a more beautiful park, which will help clean the water flowing into the Mississippi and provide bees, butterflies and birds with key habitat.


Listening Locally,  Acting for All Minnesotans to Have Access to a Healthy Natural Environment

Growing up in Minnesota, all kids should have the chance to drink clean water, reel in their first fish, or spot a wild creature in its native habitat. With people involved in local groups all over Minnesota, the Minnesota Conservation Federation listens locally and acts at the state and national levels to support healthy ecosystems by promoting habitat and water quality restoration, advocating for science-based wildlife management, and encouraging use of clean energy. The Minnesota Conservation Federation is speaking up to ensure all Minnesotans have access to the outdoors, and our natural environment is healthy for people and wildlife.


Protecting Minnesota’s Wetlands, Lakes, and Rivers

Birds and people both rely on clean water and healthy freshwater ecosystems. Audubon Minnesota works to protect Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, and rivers through conservation, education, advocacy, and science. Along the Mississippi River, Audubon Minnesota is restoring floodplain forests to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife, both for nesting and migrating, while ensuring that local and state officials hear about safeguards that protect our vital waterways.  Now bald eagles are thriving, and partners are shaping solutions to sustain healthy wildlife – and people – for generations to come.


Improving Our Waters Statewide

Environmental Initiative facilitated the development of a collaborative state agency report setting statewide goals for water quality. This joint effort led to the development of Governor Mark Dayton’s landmark buffer initiative, which was recently signed into law, designating an estimated 110,000 acres of land for water quality buffer strips statewide.