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

An avoidable tragedy: When lead rounds kill twice
The National Eagle Center considers lead to be the biggest current threat to bald eagles — and these tragedies are entirely preventable. Read more
A close-up of the head of a bald eagle, with a gloved hand holding it.
Fall yard cleanup: 5 ways to help protect the river
What should you do with fallen leaves? And is fall a good time to fertilize the lawn? Read more
Fall leaf pile
FMR among 150+ groups pushing for 'transformative' Farm Bill
Congress is set to reauthorize this industry-shaping legislation in 2023. Read more
A bale of hay sits in the foreground. A baler can be seen in the distance.
Making clean-water crops a reality on the landscape
These emerging crops can help heal the river while also supporting farmers and rural communities. Read more
A side-by-side showing a field of green Kernza on the left, and a bare, brown field of soybeans on the right. Both photos were taken on the same day.
Protecting the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Protecting and extending one of Minnesota's bedrock environmental funding sources is a top priority for FMR. Read more
A blue and golden sky as the sun sets over the Mississippi River in Minneiska, Minnesota.
2022 Gulf dead zone smaller than last year, would still cover entire Twin Cities metro
The life-smothering "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than scientists had forecast earlier in 2022, but remains significantly large. Read more
A white fishing boat along the shore of the Mississippi River in Louisiana.The water and sky are both a dark blue.
How the Inflation Reduction Act could impact the Mississippi River
By now, you've seen the headlines: A stunning compromise on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will invest nearly $370 billion in new spending on climate change and energy security programs over the next 10 years. What does this mean for the river? Read more
How heat waves fuel toxic algae blooms in Minnesota waters

Harmful blue-green algae blooms can shut down popular beaches, sicken animals and negatively impact water quality.  >>

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'Very excited about the prospects for this': Clean-water crops take center stage
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, agriculture officials and business partners gets a firsthand look at the development of continuous living cover crops.

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, agriculture officials and business partners gets a firsthand look at the development of continuous living cover crops.  >>

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Momentum builds for transformative clean-water crops

The path to a cleaner Mississippi River may run through ag country.  >>

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