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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House and senate introduce full funding for Forever Green

To get to our clean water goals in Minnesota, we need to plant more perennial and cover crops. But these crops need to be profitable before farm operations can effectively make the change. To address this challenge, two bills were introduced in mid-February in the house and senate that will fully fund the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative.  >>

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Join us for MN Water Action Day • April 10, 2019

Join us for Water Action Day 2019, a day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water! #ProtectOurWater >>

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FMR’s Molly Pederson testifies for Environmental Trust Fund fix

In late January, a key House committee approved legislation to fix last year’s controversial raid on Minnesota’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. FMR lobbyist Molly Pederson testified in support of the bill.  >>

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Our 2019 legislative priorities

Kicking off the return of our annual Legislative Blog, here's a summary of FMR's top three legislative priorities this session: Forever Green, Working Lands and fixing the Environmental Trust Fund raid.  >>

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A baby dies, a brewery town runs dry — 'Water Pressure' illustrates MN & WI water problems

While we're sad to see Josephine Marcotty leave her post as the Star Tribune's long-time environmental reporter, we're grateful for her parting "Water Pressure" series. 

If you've been saving up your free, online-access Star Tribune stories, this trio is worth the clicks. >>

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FMR joins 186 groups supporting revised farm bill

FMR was one of 186 national, state and local organizations to thank Congress for strong conservation provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill and urge its timely passage. >>

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Our 2019 Legislative Priority: The Minnesota Water Bill

This session, FMR and our coalition partners are teaming up to advance a new way forward for clean water in Minnesota: The Minnesota Water Bill.  >>

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Looking ahead to the 2019 legislature

Minnesota’s 2019 legislative session is about to begin! A new governor and House await, and FMR and our partners have some exciting new priorities. Here's a brief overview of what FMR and our allies will advocate for, who we'll work with, and how you can help.  >>

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Microplastics & table salt: worse than we thought

New research found microplastics in 90% of salt samples from 21 countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. >>

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'Local Cities Push to Keep Plastic Out of Mississippi River'

Brooklyn Center Mayor-Elect Mike Elliott is eager to join other mayors along the Mississippi River in fighting to reduce plastic pollution. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative wants to cut the number of plastic in the river by half by the year 2020. A goal that FMR applauds.

Learn more from local news channel CCX, which includes the innovative mayor-elect and FMR Water Program director Trevor Russell. >>

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