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Legislative Update

Tom Cotter of Cotter Farms

Farmers like Tom Cotter promote clean-water and soil-healthy practices hand in hand with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. (Photo by Dodd Demas)

County-based Soil and Water Conservation Districts are Minnesota’s frontline conservation organizations, working hand in hand with local landowners to implement a variety of conservation projects that conserve soil, water and related natural resources on private land. But they're increasingly underfunded by our Legislature. We want a better funding strategy to sustain these vital organizations.  >>

Crosby Lake at sunset

The Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund sustains vital river projects like pollution prevention research, invasive carp control, pollinator habitat restoration and more. But attempted raids have endangered the fund, and legislative inaction has left money on the table.

The Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund sustains vital river projects like pollution prevention research, invasive carp control, pollinator habitat restoration and more. But attempted raids have endangered the fund, and legislative inaction has left money on the table. This session, we'll ensure that these funds are used for their constitutionally intended purpose.  >>

FMR's 2021 legislative priorities

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.  >>

December 7

Minnesota approves historic bonding bill

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. >>

October 16

State’s Groundwater Protection Rule now in full effect

As noted in a recent MPR News story, Minnesota farm operators will no longer be allowed to apply nitrogen fertilizer in the fall or on frozen ground above Minnesota’s most vulnerable aquifers. While that means cleaner drinking water for many Minnesotans, this rule alone won't solve our nitrate pollution problems.  >>

September 10

State & Strib connect the dots between crops and water health

The Star Tribune recently covered a report that underscores the connection between water quality and the need to alter what we plant in Minnesota's farm fields. But this report wasn't issued by the usual suspects — now the state is actively calling for profitable clean-water crops.  >>

September 8

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