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May: Serviceberry

This large shrub is a great landscaping plant to attract birds.

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Bold leadership from Governor Dayton on buffers
Governor Dayton's proposal to establish shoreland buffers along all Minnesota waters will provide habitat for numerous species and pay dividends in improving water quality. Read more
Myths & facts: The Governor's buffer initiative
During this month's State of the State Address, Governor Dayton expressed his displeasure with buffer opposition, saying he is "...unwilling to wait another year — or longer — for legislation that will significantly improve Minnesota’s water. While the Governor's buffer initiative presents an enormous opportunity to improve water quality and habitat in Minnesota, myths about the bill have proliferated in the halls of the capitol, often spread by opponents of the initiative. Read more
Legislative update: The session kicks into high gear
The 2015 legislative session moves into high gear this month, as a raft of policy and finance bills move toward the floor in the House and Senate. While buffers, Forever Green research, and a strong biofuels bill are reasons to smile, FMR is also working hard to defeat a series of assaults on clean water protections from the GOP-controlled House. Read more
Thank you to the 200+ Clean Water Rules event attendees
Thank you to the 200+ people who attended “Clean Water Rules! Understanding the EPA’s Clean Water Act Update” with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy on April 7th. Participants learned about the importance of moving the EPA’s work to update the Clean Water Rule forward and what we can do to help in the process. Read more
Ribbons of habitat for water quality: Buffers proposal offers new hope for an old problem
Earlier this year, Governor Mark Dayton proposed an initiative requiring vegetated buffers along all waters of the state. Although the proposal was initially touted as a way to bolster Minnesota's declining pheasant population, it is clearly one of the most significant water quality initiatives put forward by a Minnesota governor in decades. Read more
Graco reneges on its promise to provide a riverfront trail easement
Graco, the Northeast Minneapolis company whose headquarters occupy the riverfront adjacent to the new Scherer Park, have disappointed many with their recent attempt to back out of an agreement to provide a public trail easement. Read more
Legislative update: Few reasons to smile amid a deluge of dirty water bills
The 2015 legislative session in Minnesota is shaping up to feature a mixed bag of water quality and natural resource conservation policy. While the Governor's buffer initiative and Forever Green funding are cause for optimism, a deluge of so-called "dirty water bills" has become an unwelcome theme in the halls of the Capitol. Read more
Governor unveils buffer proposal
In what is one of the most important water quality initiatives in decades, the Dayton Administration recently unveiled its detailed stream buffer proposal. The bills were introduced earlier this month and represent the first step in securing strong new protections for Minnesota's perennial watercourses. Read more

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