Mission: Protect/enhance minnesota river valley.
Programs: Communication outreach - provided financial support through a mcknight grant for staffing of the minnesota river congress. The minnesota river congress is a citizen led group of individuals and organizations concerned about the minnesota river valley. The congress seeks to create a single voice to speak to the public and policy makers on behalf of efforts to improve the water quality of the minnesota river, increase recreational use of the river, and address issues of concern to the entire minnesota river basin. Worked with wild river academy in support of the paddle forward expedition on which a group of paddlers navigated the entire length of the minnesota river. The friends of the minnesota valley sponsored a paddle along program through which group and individuals joined paddle forward for half-day paddling excursions. Through this program, friends has raised awareness of the recreational use of the river. $25,534 of the expenses for this project were in the form of donated services.
conservation - completed, along with the minnesota valley national wildlife refuge and the minnesota valley trust, a wet meadow restoration on the jessenland unit of the wildlife refuge in jessenland township of sibley county near henderson. The land is owned by the minnesota valley trust and is managed by the u. S. Fish and wildlife service. This restoration project was funded by the carl and verna schmidt foundation through a grant to the friends of the minnesota valley. Working with the lake pepin legacy alliance to educate the public on the need to reduce sediment from the minnesota river flowing into the mississippi river. The minnesota river is the source of 85% of the sediment being deposited in lake pepin.
refuge support - the friends of the minnesota valley continues its efforts to bring about construction of the minnesota valley and the minnesota river state trails by engaging interested citizens, communities, and organizations in forming local trail advocacy groups to identify specific trail routes in their locality. These advocacy groups can build broad local support for state or local trail development in that community.