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Legislative Updates

Research roundup: Is cropland ag carbon sequestration as effective as we want it to be?

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.  >>

February 9

Minnesota gets a bad report card for nitrate reduction (part two)

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.  >>

January 13

River Guardians made an impact in 2020

We're celebrating the successes of more than 1,500 River Guardians who took action in 2020 to hold polluters of a toxic riverfront waste site accountable, to invest in critical infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water, and to protect migrating birds along the metro Mississippi flyway. Thank you! Find out more about your impact and what we're up against in 2021.  >>

January 5
Tom Cotter of Cotter Farms

Farmers like Tom Cotter promote clean-water and soil-healthy practices hand in hand with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. (Photo by Dodd Demas)

County-based Soil and Water Conservation Districts are Minnesota’s frontline conservation organizations, working hand in hand with local landowners to implement a variety of conservation projects that conserve soil, water and related natural resources on private land. But they're increasingly underfunded by our Legislature. We want a better funding strategy to sustain these vital organizations.  >>

Crosby Lake at sunset

The Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund sustains vital river projects like pollution prevention research, invasive carp control, pollinator habitat restoration and more. But attempted raids have endangered the fund, and legislative inaction has left money on the table.

The Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund sustains vital river projects like pollution prevention research, invasive carp control, pollinator habitat restoration and more. But attempted raids have endangered the fund, and legislative inaction has left money on the table. This session, we'll ensure that these funds are used for their constitutionally intended purpose.  >>

FMR's 2021 legislative priorities

With elections in the books and a revised state budget forecast, it’s time for us to look ahead to the 2021 legislative session in Minnesota. Here’s what's in store for the river and our environment, and how you can get involved as a River Guardian.  >>

December 7

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