The name comes from a Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water.” Water is part of our state’s very identity.
Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world's unfrozen fresh surface water. And the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, along with the Superior National Forest, contains 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire U.S. National Forest System.
But these resources are threatened.
You can act now to protect the Lake Superior watershed and the Boundary Waters from toxic mining pollution.
Join us to protect Minnesota’s clean water as a legacy for your family and for generations to come.
Help Change Minnesota Rules to Require a Health Impact Assessment and Protect Minnesotans from Toxic Sulfide Mining Pollution
Protect Minnesota’s Natural Wild Rice (Manoomin) from Sulfate Pollution
Wild rice is Minnesota’s state grain, a vital plant for fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and a critical food and cultural resource for many Minnesotans. Natural wild rice stands are vulnerable to sulfate pollution from mining and other industries, which is why, since 1973, Minnesota has had a rule that limits sulfate pollution to 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/L) in wild rice waters.
But, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has presented their plan to eliminate the sulfate standard to their advosiry committee on October 25, 2016. Take Action now and tell the MPCA to preserve the sulfate limit and apply it year-round to all wild rice waters.
MInnesota Doctors Detail Risks Associated with Sulfide Mining
Leading Duluth doctors who petitioned for Minnesota rules requiring health impact assessment of sulfide mining published an article in this month’s journal of the Minnesota Medical Association. It reads,
"Sulfide mining has significant potential for the release of toxic chemicals into the environment. These include a number of chemicals identified by the World Health Organization as being of major public health concern: arsenic, asbestos, cadmium, lead and mercury.”
Minnesota Doctors Request to Add Human Health to Environmental Reviews
"It's truly unprecedented for so many medical professionals to take a position like this. ... We are jointly expressing our deep concern for the health of our community," Allert told the EQB Wednesday. "What will be the impacts of sulfide mines if they work perfectly and if they don't work perfectly?"
Dr. Allert is one of many Northern Minnesota doctors who testified at the recent Environmental Quality Board hearing to determine rule-making regarding health impact assessments for sulfide mining projects.
Read more: Duluth News Tribune
Geologist's View: DNR Should Seek Truth Through Evidentiary Hearings
JD Lehr, geologist and North Shore resident, explained the need for evidence-based hearings as PolyMet seeks permits for it's proposed sulfide mine in Minnesota.
"Claims made in PolyMet's EIS sometimes directly contradict the known science.... There are many technical issues raised by scientists who reviewed the EIS that are not properly resolved."
Read more: Duluth News Tribune.
The Circle talks with WaterLegacy about EPA investigation
Read The Circle’s recent article on the EPA’s ongoing investigation into Minnesota’s failure to prevent mining pollution, quoting Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director, who filed a petition with the EPA to challenge Minnesota’s regulatory authority. ‘“The last thing we should do in Minnesota is experiment with sulfide mining,” she concluded, in view of state regulators’ failure to control “the much less toxic pollution from taconite mining.”’
Read more: WaterLegacy Research and Advocacy
#KeepItInTheGround: Video From Extreme Extraction Event Now Online
Video from the June 2016 community discussion at Little Earth, Cafe Con Alondra: Pipelines, Sulfide Mining and the Era of Extreme Extraction, is now available to watch online.
More video, including WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel Paula Maccabee's full comments from this Extreme Extraction event can be found on WaterLegacy's Video Page.