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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A seagull made of plastic: The threat of plastics in our waters

Audrey, a summer Youth Empowerment Program participant, wanted to make the threat of microplastics in freshwater visible through art. She crafted her seagull sculpture using plastic she found during just half an hour at a Lake Superior beach.  >>

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MPCA report: The Upper Mississippi's upstream crud

A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency finds that the Upper Mississippi River from Grand Rapids to Brainerd is impaired with too much sediment. What can we do about it?  >>

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State Supreme Court rules on White Bear Lake water levels

The Minnesota Supreme Court made headlines as it acted to protect not only the metro's second-largest lake but Minnesotans' ability to sue a state agency based on its cumulative environmental impact. >>

 

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Pinelands-to-potatoes fiasco heads to court

A controversial attempt by of a Fargo-based agribusiness giant to skirt Minnesota‘s environmental laws is going to court – and the stakes are huge. >>

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Dead zone 2020: The good, the bad and the algae

A smaller-than-average Gulf of Mexico dead zone is cause for celebration — isn't it?  >>

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Youth guest column: Why environmental legislation is important and what you should know

Fiona, a summer Youth Empowerment Program participant, wants you to get involved in legislative action for clean water and the environment. Here's her account of the impact of recent environmental legislation, the possibility for critical change this year and in the future, and how you can influence policy.  >>

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Special session #2: A mixed disappointment

On the heels of a regular session and first special session that failed to live up to expectations, Minnesota legislators have wrapped up a second special session with what could generously be considered “mixed results." See how FMR's priorities fared. >>
 

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Action Alert: Justice can't wait. Support police reform. [CLOSED]

As Minnesota legislators embark on a second special session, we're once again asking you to stand up for the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) by supporting the Minnesota Legislature's 19-member People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus justice reforms >>

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Action Alert: Invest in clean water bonding [CLOSED]

Tell your legislators to #FixthePipesMN and fund CREP this special session >>

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Action Alert: Pass a clean Environment Trust Fund Bill [CLOSED]

Tell your legislators to pass a standalone environment trust fund bill. >>

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