Conservation Minnesota

Working together to clean up the Mississippi River

In my position as west metro community coordinator for Conservation Minnesota I’m often asked about what sort of practical steps an ordinary citizen can take to help preserve the Minnesota we all know and love. It seems like a pretty simple question at first, but unfortunately, it’s one that has a lot of answers and at times can seem a bit overwhelming.

There are plenty of things we as individuals can do to work to conserve our natural environment. We can recycle, meet with your legislators, turn off lights, or attend a community forum on adding community solar. But is all of this enough?

Luckily, this past Earth Day I was able to take part in a great community event that also happened to help the environment.

Along with Three Rivers Park District, I helped to organize and then attend a community clean up at the newly opened Three Rivers Park visitor’s center located at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Sometimes conservation issues can seem a bit overwhelming, but by working together we can have a major impact when it comes to protecting the Minnesota we love. This was true this past Earth Day and it is true with larger endeavors as well. In fact, working together is probably the only way we can be sure that we are doing enough.

About John Anderson

John Anderson

John Anderson has a name that screams Minnesotan (despite the fact that he was born in Berkley, California). His resume includes a stint as a census worker that allowed him to learn a great deal about the way people choose to interact with the government. Anderson serves as Regional Manager in the west metro. In this role he works with community leaders and people who want to protect Minnesota’s Great Outdoors throughout the region.

A 2006 graduate of Northwestern University, a day spent riding his bike in Minnehaha Park is his version of perfection.

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