Updates and Articles

FMR welcomes Alex Roth to its staff
Alex Roth joins FMR as ecologist to assist with restoring and managing Twin City natural areas. 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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