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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Potato fiasco turns even more rotten

According to new disclosures, an enormous scofflaw corporation is trying to skirt basic environmental regulations in order to make billions on ... potatoes.  >>

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Minneapolis parks are getting the wrong kind of blooms

The Parks Department is warning of potentially toxic algae blooms in some of Minneapolis's most-loved lakes. Here's what you need to know.  >>

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2020 legislative session ends with most bills "staying at home"

On Sunday at midnight, the 2020 Minnesota Legislature wrapped up a legislative session unlike any other. And in the end, most legislation failed to cross the finish line in time. Where does that leave our clean water initiatives? And what happens next?  >>

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How clean water and the Mississippi River fared in the bonding bills

FMR's top clean water and Mississippi River bonding priorities failed to cross the finish line as the clock ran out on the legislative session.  >>

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How the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund fared this session

After FMR advocates and coalition partners stopped an attempted raid, the House and Senate passed relatively "clean" Environmental Trust Fund bills, but the clock ran out on final negotiations and no final vote was taken.  >>


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Bake for the river: Kernza in your kitchen

For the first time ever, home bakers can get their oven mitts on Kernza flour, a delicious and river-friendly perennial grain. Let us know if you try it out!  >>

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Action Alert: It's time to #FixthePipesMN [CLOSED]

For our water, our economy, and Minnesota communities, please take a moment to ask your legislators to #FixthePipesMN. >>

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Star Tribune commentary: Don't let environmental funding fall prey to political games

The recent commentary calls on the Legislature to drop a controversial “poison pill” provision that is blocking the use of an important dedicated environmental fund in Minnesota.  >>

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Action Alert: Stop the rollbacks in the Senate environment bill [CLOSED]

While many of our lives have been disrupted, one thing remains alarmingly consistent: the Minnesota Senate is once again taking aim at Minnesota's bedrock environmental laws. Please take a moment to contact your Senator and ask them to remove the damaging provisions in the environment bill ASAP. >>

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It's time to fix the pipes, Minnesota!

For our environment and our economy, it's time to invest in Minnesota's aging water treatment systems and wastewater plants.

We're proud to be part of a new coalition of business, environment, local government and trade groups asking our state to #FixthePipesMN this session. Learn more and take action. >>

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