Climate Change

What does our changing climate mean for the Mississippi River? And how is FMR working to curb emissions and create a more resilient river? Check out our latest updates on climate change and what we can do about it.

Climate Change
Climate change may supercharge farm pollution

Climate change is predicted to increase nitrate pollution from cropland in the corn belt by as much as 24% over today’s levels.  >>

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Restoring habitat on an urban island

After almost two years of planning, FMR is embarking on our Nicollet Island habitat restoration project designed to enhance wildlife habitat, control erosion and improve water quality.  >>

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FMR is beginning restoration and enhancement of the natural areas on the north half of Nicollet Island. Photo by MWMO.
MPR: Wetter weather causing sewage headaches for MN cities

What happens when you add climate change to aging water infrastructure? Sewage goes where it shouldn't. Learn more from this MPR article by Kirsti Marohn with FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell

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What if every MN farm applied fertilizer at the recommended rate?

At best, “perfect” nutrient management on all of Minnesota’s cropland would reduce nitrate pollution by about 10-15 percent, falling far short of the state’s 45 percent reduction goals to protect our groundwater. >>

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MPR News: Climate change driving toxic algae blooms

"They're starting earlier, they're lasting longer, and their peaks seem to be getting bigger." >>

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