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Our 2022 legislative priorities

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session kicks off on January 31. Here's what to expect and a rundown of FMR's top priorities this session.  >>

January 14
MN capitol and text: "#MNLEG 2022"

The new Minnesota Legislature convenes again at the end of January. Sign up to be a River Guardian, and we'll let you know how to take action when threats and opportunities arise for the river.

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session kicks off on January 31. Here's what to expect and a rundown of FMR's top priorities this session.  >>

Child drinks water

Lead in drinking water is especially harmful to children. In Minnesota, 100,000 homes still have lead service lines, a major source of lead exposure.

At FMR, we believe that everyone deserves clean, safe drinking water.

Unfortunately, though lead was banned for plumbing in 1986, existing lead pipes remain a threat in Minnesota. The most effective way to limit toxic lead exposure in drinking water is to remove lead service lines and pipes connecting a home or building to the public water main. (Here's a guide on how to check the material of your home's service line.)


Our principles for a clean fuel standard will ensure the standard lives up to its name. (Photo: Minnesota DOT, CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the United Nations' body for assessing the science related to climate change. In January of 2022, the panel reported that "rapid and far-reaching" changes are needed to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Perhaps that's why, in late 2021, the Walz administration announced a new initiative to explore a so-called "clean fuel standard" for Minnesota.


Next-generation crops like Kernza are great for clean water, healthy soil and farm prosperity. (Photo: Trevor Russell for FMR)

Readers of FMR's Water and Legislative Updates have heard all about clean-water crops grown in continuous living cover (or CLC) systems that offer genuine benefits for our economy and our environment.

Our comments on Minnesota's 2022 Impaired Waters List

On January 7, FMR was one of eight environmental organizations (led by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy) that provided comments to the State of Minnesota on the state's 2022 Impaired Waters List on behalf of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. We focused on three key pollutants: sulfate (in wild rice waters), "forever chemicals" and nitrate contamination. Here's our letter.  >>

January 10
Fix the Pipes logo

For our environment and our economy, it's time to invest in Minnesota's aging water treatment systems and wastewater plants. That's why we're supporting legislation to #FixThePipesMN through a new coalition of business, environment, local government and trade groups working together for our environment this 2022 legislative session.  >>

Our position on a proposed MN clean fuel standard

On January 5, FMR was one of 22 organizations that delivered a letter to the Walz administration detailing our position on the state's proposed clean fuel standard rulemaking process. Here's our letter, which outlines principles that will keep any clean fuel standard true to its name.  >>

January 5