Water and Legislative Updates Blog

FMR is proud to be a leading voice to protect the water of our Big River, and all the people and wildlife who depend on it.

Our Water Blog strives to keep you up to date on important water-quality issues, from the banks of the Mississippi to the halls of the Legislature. (For political animals, here's a legislative-content-only version.)

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By Peter LaFontaine
January 11, 2021

Back in 2019, the Trump administration adopted new regulations that significantly undermine how our nation's public water supplies are protected. Now, an independent review has found that the federal government's decision-making process was fundamentally flawed. Will the Biden administration reverse the rollbacks?  >>

By Ellie Rogers
January 5, 2021

We're celebrating the successes of more than 1,500 River Guardians who took action in 2020 to hold polluters of a toxic riverfront waste site accountable, to invest in critical infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water, and to protect migrating birds along the metro Mississippi flyway. Thank you! Find out more about your impact and what we're up against in 2021.  >>

By Trevor Russell
December 7, 2020

With elections in the books and a revised state budget forecast, it’s time for us to look ahead to the 2021 legislative session in Minnesota. Here’s what's in store for the river and our environment, and how you can get involved as a River Guardian.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
December 4, 2020

Pollution from nitrate fertilizers causes severe health problems — for the river and for people — that cost us dearly, as detailed in a new report focused on Wisconsin water supplies.  >>

By Trevor Russell
November 10, 2020

How will our recent elections impact the Mississippi River? Here's our preliminary take.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
November 6, 2020

The votes are in! Get tips and recipes from our star baker and from our guest judge, award-winning chef Beth Dooley. Find out who won.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
November 2, 2020

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? And what happens when you flush your toilet? We've plumbed the depths for the best podcasts and articles that can answer all your questions on public water systems in the Twin Cities.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
November 1, 2020

A new study projects 30% reduction in profits for farmers in 50 years due to flooding, drought, rising temps and other impacts of climate change. Fortunately, cover crops, perennial grains and other innovations can weather climate change *and* reduce agricultural runoff for our river.  >>

By Trevor Russell
October 16, 2020

On October 15, the Minnesota Legislature achieved a breakthrough for the state’s economy and public health with the passage of a $1.8 billion bonding bill that includes more than $302 million for water infrastructure supported by FMR as part of the Fix the Pipes MN alliance. Sadly, it also includes a project we strongly oppose: the Upper Harbor Terminal concert venue in Minneapolis. >>

By Trevor Russell
October 14, 2020

In the first of a two-part series, we’ll look at the results of the state’s recent nutrient reduction report card. The results are ... not good.  >>

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