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

Viruses, floods and an economic shoving match: All in a day's work on the farm

What does coronavirus have to do with the economic prospects of rural communities in 2020? In our endlessly entangled global market, it turns out that a public health crisis on the other side of the planet can have shockwaves felt here in Minnesota. We see this as yet another sign that it's time to shift our agricultural practices, for both the river and our farming communities. >>

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What matters to our River Guardians in 2020

Thank you for taking our Legislative Priorities Survey! See which issues our River Guardians value and what they had to say about what Minnesota can do for our river this session. >>

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State names cities to be protected by Groundwater Protection Rule

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has reached a major milestone by identifying which communities are eligible for protection under the state’s new Groundwater Protection Rule.  >>

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You say potato, I say fiasco

Here's what one farmer's fight tells us about agriculture, public health and our state's exasperating approach to balancing priorities.  >>

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Report: One in eight Minnesotans drink groundwater with elevated nitrate

Drinking water for an estimated half a million Minnesotans is drawn from groundwater contaminated with elevated levels of nitrate, a toxic pollutant that is linked to cancer and is especially dangerous for infants, according to a recent Environmental Working Group analysis of federal and state test data.  >>

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Tell us your thoughts on FMR's 2020 legislative priorities

We value your feedback! Please take our survey and let us know which of our top four legislative priorities for the 2020 session are important to you. And if any of these feel especially important, we'd love to know why. >>

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Our 2020 legislative priorities

Minnesota's 2020 legislative session kicks off on February 11. Here’s a look at what to expect, and what FMR's top four priorities are this year. >>

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Governor Walz releases ambitious $300M water infrastructure proposal

Gov. Walz has proposed investing $300 million in much-needed water infrastructure through the state’s 2020 bonding bill. Find out what's in the governor's proposal.   >>

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FMR Water Program 2019 highlights

From pushing through a snowstorm to lobby our legislators to expanding our programs to address a major threat to the health of our river, agricultural pollution, FMR staff, members and River Guardians have a lot to be proud of from 2019! >> 

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