Water

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

From the banks of the Mississippi to the halls of the Legislature, our Water program strives to keep you up to date on important water-quality issues. (For political animals, here are all FMR posts related to legislative advocacy.)

Blog updates are also shared on social (Facebook and Twitter) and in FMR's Mississippi Messages newsletter.

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POSTS

Lead service line bill advances through first House committee
Leaders in both chambers have said passing lead service line bills is a priority for the 2023 session. Read more
Water running from a sink faucet.
Clean Water Council submits recommendations to Legislature, governor
The council's recommendations include funding for one of FMR's top legislative priorities. Read more
A close-up of river water running alongside a stone-covered bank.
Clean-water crops get early boost from Clean Water Council
Clean-water crops received bipartisan support last year. FMR hopes to keep the momentum going this session. Read more
A crop researcher with the University of Minnesota crouches in a field, using a hose to rinse off the roots of plants.
Sign the petition: It's time for MN to salt smart for the river
Salt pollution is a serious issue for our waters. Let decision-makers know you support both safe communities and a healthier river. Read more
A red snow plow applying salt while traveling down a snowy road.
Our 2023 legislative priorities
From clean-water crops to invasive carp, here's a rundown of what we hope to accomplish at the Capitol. Read more
The top of the Minnesota Capitol building in St. Paul.
Why we need to act now against invasive carp
Sign our petition: Tell decision-makers to do their part to help prevent invasive carp from advancing further up the Mississippi River. Read more
A mass of sliver carp jumping high out of the water. Two carp researchers stand on a boat behind the jumping carp, holding nets.
River Guardians' impacts in 2022
In 2022, 1,225 River Guardians sent 2,974 letters to 166 decision-makers, significantly impacting our work towards a healthier, more resilient river community. Read more
Paddleboat on river with young angler
The cutoff wall: St. Anthony Falls' hidden hazard
The nearly 150-year old cutoff wall underneath St. Anthony Falls is a critical piece of infrastructure. But you wouldn't know it by how the wall is inspected and maintained. Read more
Water flows over the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on a sunny day.
FMR signs on to letter regarding proposed CO2 pipeline
FMR signs on to letter calling for increased study and public discussion regarding proposed carbon pipeline project. Read more
A blue heron flying over water. A text overlay says "Sign-ons and Endorsements." The Friends of the Mississippi River logo is beneath the text.
What MN election results mean for FMR’s 2023 legislative priorities
The 2022 elections are (mostly) behind us, meaning we have a clearer picture of how FMR's legislative priorities may fare. Read more
A person seen only from the waist down walks past a sign that says "Vote Here."

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