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.)

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2019 legislative update: A special session in the works

With our Legislature's adjournment date passed and no final agreements on most policy and budget issues, a special session will be required. And most major water and conservation issues are yet to be decided. Here are our positions on some of the major issues still in play.  >>

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Our letter to House & Senate conferees on Forever Green

Today, FMR, along with twenty-three other organizations, signed a letter requesting legislators provide full funding for eh University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative in the final Clean Water Fund negotiations.

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Session compromise looks unlikely on budget, policy ...and emoji usage?

As the May 20th session deadline looms, successful negotiations on a final budget and policy compromise appear less likely. >>

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Action Alert - Say ‘no’ to environmental cuts, raids and rollbacks in SF2314 [CLOSED]

With less than two weeks to go, legislators are meeting to craft a final environment budget & policy bill. Please act today to tell your legislators: “No cuts, rollbacks and raids in the omnibus environment bill!” >>

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What's at stake as the final environment bill takes shape?

Legislative negotiators from the House and Senate face a number of policy and budget decisions with major implications for the health of our lands and waters as they craft a compromise environment budget and policy bill. >>

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As the session draws to a close, major environmental bills remain in limbo

With less than two weeks to go in the 2019 legislative session, major decisions are yet to be made on funding and policy across a range of environmental issues at the Capitol. Here’s a brief overview of where things stand and what's at stake during upcoming negotiations. >>

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Action Alert - Fully fund Forever Green [CLOSED]

With just two weeks left in the legislative session, the Minnesota House has proposed full funding for the Forever Green Initiative but the Senate has not. Act today to support FMR's top legislative priority: Full funding Forever Green to protect the Mississippi River and support Minnesota's rural communities. >>

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FMR signs coalition letter supporting House environment bill

FMR joined 22 other organizations in a letter of support for the House Omnibus Environment Bill. In sharp contrast to the Senate's, the House bill reinstates the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board and makes a strong commitment to investing in our natural resources. Here’s the letter we distributed on the Senate floor prior to the debate. >>

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FMR signs on to coalition letter opposing the Senate environment bill

April 23, FMR joined 19 other organizations in formally opposing the Senate Environment Budget and Policy Omnibus Bill (SF 2314). Here's the letter we distributed on the Senate floor prior to the debate. >>

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FMR supports the call to reinstate the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board

Earlier this session, FMR joined with organizations from across the state to ask legislators to restore the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board. >>

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