Water and Legislative Updates Blog

FMR is proud to be a leading voice to protect the water of our Big River, and all the people and wildlife who depend on it.

Our Water Blog strives to keep you up to date on important water-quality issues, from the banks of the Mississippi to the halls of the Legislature. (For political animals, here's a legislative-content-only version.)

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March 23, 2021

FMR's top priority for the 2021 legislative session is full funding for Forever Green, our state's most important sustainable agriculture program. Please take a moment to ask key committee members to fully fund Forever Green. >>

By Trevor Russell
March 22, 2021

On Monday, FMR submitted written comments to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board in support of their draft recommendations on integrating climate change into the state's environmental review process. Here's what we said.  >>
 

By Peter LaFontaine
March 22, 2021

PFAS — so-called "forever chemicals" — have been found across the state. Here's what you need to know.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
March 10, 2021

Can a person's best friend be a friend of the river? Meet our dogs, learn about their favorite river spots, and get tips on how to be mindful of water and wildlife while out and about with your four-legged friends.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
March 8, 2021

The Forever Green Initiative is at an inflection point, making funding for progress on clean-water crops crucial this cycle. So far, legislation has advanced through key agricultural committees in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. What's next?  >>

By Trevor Russell
March 5, 2021

Last November's projected state budget deficit turned into a projected $1.6 billion surplus. What does that mean for clean water, soil health and other environmental issues this legislative session?  >>

By Trevor Russell
February 11, 2021

In a major win for conservation and water quality this legislative session, funding for the state’s flagship land protection program now has bipartisan support.  >>

By Trevor Russell
February 9, 2021

Storing greenhouse gases in cropland soils is all the rage these days, as Fortune 500 companies, conservation initiatives and even the Biden administration seek to reward farmers for sequestering carbon beneath our feet. But how sound is this approach? We pulled together some of the latest news about no-till farming, cover crops and how effectively these practices sequester carbon.  >>

By Trevor Russell
January 13, 2021

How do we get a better grade for nitrate pollution reduction? We have to change the mix of what we grow. In this follow-up, we explain why it isn't feasible to rely on incentive payments to farmers alone to move the needle on our water quality problems. And we offer an exciting solution that could improve water quality by AND sustain farmers' livelihoods.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
January 11, 2021

Back in 2019, the Trump administration adopted new regulations that significantly undermine how our nation's public water supplies are protected. Now, an independent review has found that the federal government's decision-making process was fundamentally flawed. Will the Biden administration reverse the rollbacks?  >>

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