Everywhere but Minot, living near a river is an asset. Our mission is to change that reality. Our mission is to reclaim the Souris River as an asset for Minot. We see this as both possible and inevitable if we’re persistent in our effort and thoughtful in our approach.
Restore the River
This is a big, daunting task that’s much easier said than done, but if considered in conjunction with flood protection there are opportunities to leverage mitigation requirements inside that project. We have been working on this diligently for the past three years, and we do signs of progress. Learn more about our efforts to restore the river here.
Renew the Culture
We didn’t know it at the time, but Minot’s past river culture was a sacrifice to our flood protection efforts of the 1970s. The challenge is that it has taken almost 40 years to realize what was lost. Minot didn’t always have dead loops; in the past we had riverside housing with docks and direct access. Our new river culture will never be quite the same as the one we lost, but with intentional work, we will cherish it just as much.
Experience & Enjoy!
Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and listen to the frogs once in a while, you may miss the best parts. Whether kayaking, skating, swimming, hiking, or fishing, we’re intentional about taking time to enjoy the river we have right now. Plus, this work is the seed that, when nurtured, sprouts into much, much more!
Educate, Advocate, Serve
Our goal is to build a perpetual motion machine that pushes our river and our community ever upward. When people find joy in a place or in an activity, they look after it. This is stewardship; and it’s the critical last — or first — step that resets and starts the cycle anew.