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

What MN election results mean for FMR’s 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
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Fall drought in MN, record low Mississippi River down south
Months of drought have reduced the Mighty Mississippi to a shallow trickle in its southern stretch. Read more
Minnehaha Falls as a trickle
Mississippi River diversion pipeline is impractical, study says
Could the Mississippi River refill the Southwest's freshwater reserves? A recent study says the idea of a diversion pipeline doesn't hold water. Read more
Franklin Avenue Bridge and Mississippi River
A vision of sustainable agriculture from Gnometown, USA
The excitement around pea protein business PURIS can show us the path forward for clean-water crops and continuous living cover. Read more
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Minnesota's new climate goals are a great start — now it's time to follow through
The Walz administration's recently released Climate Action Framework is laudable. Now it's time to translate the framework into action. Read more
A farmer standing on a patch of grass on the edge of cropland, looking down into a stream that runs alongside it.
An avoidable tragedy: When lead rounds kill twice
The National Eagle Center considers lead to be the biggest current threat to bald eagles — and these tragedies are entirely preventable. Read more
A close-up of the head of a bald eagle, with a gloved hand holding it.
Fall yard cleanup: 5 ways to help protect the river
What should you do with fallen leaves? And is fall a good time to fertilize the lawn? Read more
Fall leaf pile
FMR among 150+ groups pushing for 'transformative' Farm Bill
Congress is set to reauthorize this industry-shaping legislation in 2023. Read more
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2022 Gulf dead zone smaller than last year, would still cover entire Twin Cities metro

The annual humanmade "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than scientists had forecast earlier this year. But at more than 2 million acres, it remains significantly larger than environmental officials' long-term target goal.  >>

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How the Inflation Reduction Act could impact the Mississippi River
By now, you've seen the headlines: A stunning compromise on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will invest nearly $370 billion in new spending on climate change and energy security programs over the next 10 years. What does this mean for the river? Read more

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