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 program and Legislative updates strive 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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April 20, 2022

As covered by MPR News, WCCO and other media outlets, the Mississippi River made the list of "America’s Most Endangered Rivers" this week. But a proposed federal program — championed by Friends of the Mississippi River and many others — has the potential to turn that designation around.  >>

April 19, 2022

FMR's top two priorities for the 2022 legislative session are each included in the wide-ranging agriculture omnibus packages. The Minnesota House and Senate will vote on these packages soon — please take a moment to send a quick message in support of these programs. >>

By Trevor Russell
April 14, 2022

FMR entered this unique 2022 legislative session with a slate of clear priorities. After a week-long break, lawmakers are heading back to the state capitol for the final legislative push. Now is a great time to take stock and take action. >>

April 13, 2022

Sign our petition to ask your lawmakers to "get the lead out" of Minnesota's drinking water pipes, childcare centers and schools, products, tackle, ammunition and more. >>

By Trevor Russell
April 12, 2022

Numerous bills addressing lead pollution and lead in drinking water are moving forward at the Legislature this session. Here's how Minnesota could get the lead out of schools, drinking water pipes and more.  >>

By Trevor Russell
April 11, 2022

Since 1991, lottery money for the environment has provided approximately $875 million to nearly 1,800 projects around the state. But nothing lasts forever. Act now to keep the dedication of lottery proceeds to environmental projects from expiring.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
April 7, 2022

This year, both the House and the Senate have put forward measures regarding FMR's top legislative priority: clean-water crops. Though the proposed funding levels are pretty different, here's why we're still hopeful.  >>

March 14, 2022

Salt pollution is a serious issue for our waters. Sign the petition to let legislators know that you support both safe communities and a healthier river.  >>

By Trevor Russell
March 14, 2022

A pair of bills have been introduced in the Legislature that could undermine local aquifer levels and undercut one of Minnesota’s bedrock environmental laws: the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act.  >>

By Peter LaFontaine
March 11, 2022

Two bills proposing investments in clean-water crops are already making their way through important committees at the Legislature with support from both sides of the aisle.  >>

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