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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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
How heat waves fuel toxic algae blooms in Minnesota waters

Harmful blue-green algae blooms can shut down popular beaches, sicken animals and negatively impact water quality.  >>

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'Very excited about the prospects for this': Clean-water crops take center stage
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, agriculture officials and business partners gets a firsthand look at the development of continuous living cover crops.

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, agriculture officials and business partners gets a firsthand look at the development of continuous living cover crops.  >>

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Momentum builds for transformative clean-water crops

The path to a cleaner Mississippi River may run through ag country.  >>

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As 'dead zone' forecast rolls in, so do endorsements of a new federal river initiative

Predictions of a 5,000+ square mile dead zone where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need for a major coordinated effort to restore the river. That's why we're so excited to announce that the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative now has more than 100 endorsing organizations. Join us!  >>

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Passed (with a side of controversy): Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriation

On the final weekend of the legislative session, lawmakers finalized $70.88 million in spending from the state’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. It includes some great projects and a fair amount of controversy.  >>

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How FMR's priorities fared this legislative session

Despite a historic surplus, this year's legislative session was disappointing from FMR's standpoint. Here's where our priorities stand, with a few bright spots included.  >>

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Passed: Investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains

Not much made it over the finish line before the legislative session ended on May 23, but lawmakers did pass a bill including new investments in clean-water crops and their supply chains. Here's our take on the final package and where we go from here.  >>

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Action Alert: Last call for clean-water crops this session [CLOSED]

We've got a chance to make vital investments in clean-water crops this legislative session! Act now and ask your representatives to make sure these initiatives make it through before the Legislature's last day.  >>

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