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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By Trevor Russell
October 13, 2021

In September, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board approved a pilot project that will — for the first time — assess the climate impacts of some of Minnesota’s largest projects. Here’s what this long-overdue decision means for Minnesota’s efforts to address climate impacts on our environment, including the Mississippi River.  >>

September 14, 2021

As our downstream neighbors continue to recover from yet another deadly and devastating hurricane, many of us are wondering "How can we help?"

Here's how you can support immediate relief efforts near the Gulf, volunteer online and take action to support long-term resiliency for the Mississippi River and its riverfront and delta communities.  >>

September 13, 2021

Tell Gov. Walz and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) that we can't wait to consider climate change. >>

By Peter LaFontaine
September 8, 2021

The latest headlines say clean-water crops could finally be taking off.  >>

By sue rich
August 9, 2021

Some river stretches, like the sand flats in Minneapolis, are tempting to swim at. But, should you?

The StarTribune and MinnPost dive into this eternal summer question. >>

By Trevor Russell
August 9, 2021

When it comes to agriculture, the proposed Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative would help farmers improve soil, enhance water quality, reduce nutrient loss and boost profitability — goals policymakers of all stripes should agree with.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
August 4, 2021

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is three times bigger than it "should" be. Here's what you can do to help restore balance to the Gulf and the Mississippi River.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
July 30, 2021

This summer has been droughty (and recently, smoky), leaving some conventional crops in trouble. But there are plenty of green growing fields and exciting developments when it comes to some of FMR's favorite clean-water crops. Here's a recap of a few field visits that make us hopeful for our state and our river.  >>

By Trevor Russell
July 20, 2021

Here’s where major water-related environmental bills and issues stand at the long-delayed conclusion of the 2021 legislative session, including future water train proposals, PFAS and more.  >>

By Trevor Russell
July 19, 2021

More than 65 organizations are backing the Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative or MRRRI Act introduced to Congress in June. Find out why the MRRRI Act merits its broad support.  >>

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