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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As 'dead zone' forecast rolls in, so do endorsements of a new federal river initiative

Predictions of a 5,000+ square mile dead zone where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need for a major coordinated effort to restore the river. That's why we're so excited to announce that the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative now has more than 100 endorsing organizations. Join us!  >>

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Passed (with a side of controversy): Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriation

On the final weekend of the legislative session, lawmakers finalized $70.88 million in spending from the state’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. It includes some great projects and a fair amount of controversy.  >>

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How FMR's priorities fared this legislative session

Despite a historic surplus, this year's legislative session was disappointing from FMR's standpoint. Here's where our priorities stand, with a few bright spots included.  >>

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Passed: Investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains

Not much made it over the finish line before the legislative session ended on May 23, but lawmakers did pass a bill including new investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains. Here's our take on the final package and where we go from here.  >>

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Action Alert: Last call for clean-water crops this session [CLOSED]

We've got a chance to make vital investments in clean-water crops this legislative session! Act now and ask your representatives to make sure these initiatives make it through before the Legislature's last day.  >>

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Proposed federal river initiative in the news from headwaters to the gulf

As the story of the Mississippi as one of "America's Most Endangered Rivers" spread, dozens of journalists shined a spotlight on a potential solution: a proposed federal program to fund Mississippi River restoration and resilience projects from the headwaters to the gulf. >>

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Mississippi named one of the 'most endangered rivers' in the US

As covered by MPR News, WCCO and other media outlets, the Mississippi River made the list of "America’s Most Endangered Rivers" this week. But a proposed federal program — championed by Friends of the Mississippi River and many others — has the potential to turn that designation around.  >>

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Action Alert: Support our top state legislative priority, funding for clean-water crops [CLOSED]

FMR's top two priorities for the 2022 legislative session are each included in the wide-ranging agriculture omnibus packages. The Minnesota House and Senate will vote on these packages soon — please take a moment to send a quick message in support of these programs. >>

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Where FMR's priorities stand at the Legislature

FMR entered this unique 2022 legislative session with a slate of clear priorities. After a week-long break, lawmakers are heading back to the state capitol for the final legislative push. Now is a great time to take stock and take action. >>

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