A celebration at Riverside Park highlighted the work done by a program that started all the way back in 1986.
The Upper Mississippi River Restoration program (or UMRR) commemorated it's 30th birthday with several keynote speakers on the history of the program and all it's accomplished. Among those speakers were Mayor Tim Kabat, Congressman Ron Kind and even a video message from Senator Al Franken. Over the years, the program has helped with an understanding of things like flood cycles and invasive species among an array other initiatives, which lends itself to allow the vibrant river system in the area to continue to thrive.
"It's not just a matter of collecting a lot of data," said Suzette Kimball, Director of the US Geological Survey. "The important piece is how to translate that data into information that's actionable in a management or policy sense. I think that is one of the most important functions that all of us who are involved in this program have."
In addition to that ceremony, there were celebrations throughout the day including barge tours, live animals and educational opportunities from state and federal agencies dealing with how they are ensuring a healthy river ecosystem.