Water

FMR is proud to be a leading voice in protecting the water of our Big River and all the people and wildlife who depend on it.

From the banks of the Mississippi to the halls of the Legislature, our Water program strives to keep you up to date on important water-quality issues. (For political animals, here are all FMR posts related to legislative advocacy.)

Blog updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

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POSTS

How FMR's priorities for the Mississippi River fared this session
We found success by looking for opportunities to move things forward in ways we maybe hadn’t considered from the outset. Read more
A collage of scenes showing FMR staff working on various legislative activities in and out of the Capitol building.
Photo gallery: A virtual tour of the Forever Green fields
Check out three crops already green in mid May: Kernza, perennial flax and pennycress. Read more
Trevor talks to River Guardians in a field of pennycress
For the 2nd straight year, a major victory for the Clean Water Fund
Ongoing efforts to address Minnesota’s most pressing water quality challenges and opportunities. Read more
A couple of paddlers in a canoe on the Mississippi River, seen from high above. The shore is lined with golden and red trees.
As session ends, new pathway opens for clean-water crops
We’ll be advocating for critical investments in clean-water crops such as Kernza, as well as more support for the local businesses nurturing their use. Read more
A farmer drives a combine harvester over a field of Kernza. Text over the image says "MNLEG 2024"
Lower-carbon transportation bill slowed by legislative headwinds
A Clean Transportation Standard might be one of FMR’s most ambitious — and important — legislative goals. Read more
A hand puts a charging plug into an electric vehicle. Text says "MN Leg 2024"
Supporting Minnesota's public lands
FMR recently signed on to a letter to legislators urging investment in Minnesota's public lands. Many of the special places our ecologists and volunteers work in depend on state support. Read more
FMR in DC: Reflections from a whirlwind week in the nation's capital
Grassroots Organizing Coordinator Maddie Miller shares what it was like advocating for the Mississippi River alongside coalition partners in D.C. Read more
FMR grassroots organizing coordinator pictured with Sen. Tina Smith and other members of the MRN delegation.
Restoring public oversight of major MPCA decisions
We all benefit from community oversight of the biggest, most important agency for pollution regulation in Minnesota. Read more
A flurry of hands in the air, fingers pointed up as if wanting to interject in an important conversation.
Our 2024 legislative priorities
It’s time to finish what we started. Here's what FMR will be working to accomplish at the Capitol this year. Read more
The dome of the Minnesota Capitol building, seen in front of an evening blue sky. Text says "MNLEG 2024."
Renewing the call for a federal river restoration program
A bill to create a place-based, whole-river program Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act was introduced in both the House and the Senate for the first time. Read more
Great blue heron flying over water

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