While many of the most troubling bills and provisions were eventually defeated this Minnesota legislative session, a mixed bag of stand-alone items were passed and signed into law. ...And, oh yeah, the Legislature unnecessarily raided $98 million from the state’s voter-approved Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.. >>
Protecting drinking water and groundwater must be a top priority for Minnesota, and citizens expect this of their state government. Sadly, the legislative session has come and gone with no progress to show for it, paired with a threat to delay the state’s Groundwater Protection Rule.
This session, five major bills were introduced that (for better or worse) addressed groundwater and drinking water-related topics. >>
New legislation has been signed into law that prevents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from complying with a judge’s court-ordered conservation measures for White Bear Lake. >>
After a long winter, our spring prompt inspired writing about the Mississippi River coming back to life — its music, its ice-free movement, and the return of all who call it home. Check out the spring edition! >>
In an unprecedented move, a much-feared $47 million-dollar raid on the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund ballooned to a $98-million raid in the Minnesota legislative session’s final hours. >>
Inver Grove Heights residents, including many FMR River Guardians, helped save this park!
After hearing from dozens of community members (including many FMR River Guardians), the Inver Grove Heights city council unanimously voted to save River Heights Park on Monday, May 14.
The council had been considering carving up and selling the 7.5-acre undeveloped natural area as three 2.5-acre lots for housing developers. Instead, the city, FMR and neighbors are going to work together to make the park more accessible — adding a park sign and bench, with details to be determined — while keeping it a natural area and restoring important bird habitat. >>
Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is no longer slated to be turned into lots for private homes.
The city of Inver Grove Heights was considering selling River Heights Park, part of our local Mississippi River national park, for housing. But neighbors stepped up to defend it, and with a little support from FMR, the park has been preserved!
Inver Grove Heights is a valued FMR habitat restoration partner and we look forward to continuing our work together.
Join us for a collaborative art project to make visible and celebrate the personal relationships we have with the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. We invite you to tell us about how a meaningful change in your life relates to the Mississippi River. In honor of FMR's 25th anniversary year, we're kicking off the map with 25+ stories! >>
Whether you give a little or a lot, every dollar makes a difference.
Charitable contributions to FMR help ensure a healthy Mississippi River and community — no matter the amount of your gift. Check out just a few examples of how your gift has an impact. >>
Gov. Mark Dayton has fulfilled his promise to veto the wild rice bill (HF 3280)!
The bill would have abolished a longstanding state water quality sulfites standard. It would have violated the federal Clean Water Act, inevitably inviting litigation and turmoil into an already challenging situation. >>