Action Alert Archives

This page is an archive of past Action Alerts. Deadlines for individual Actions may have already passed. Please see the Take Action page for current Actions to take.

Register Today for Water Action Day at the State Capitol on April 19

March 2017

Join WaterLegacy on Wednesday, April 19th at the State Capitol for the 2017 Minnesota Water Action Day! WaterLegacy is co-sponsoring this day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water. This all-day event will include a rally, issue trainings, coaching on communications and meetings with your legislators. Come for all or part of the day. 

The sooner you register, the better we’ll be able to set up meetings with legislators. After you register, please email and confirm directly that you’re planning to attend. That way we can be in touch every step of the way to support you!


Ask for a Hearing to Protect Minnesota Streams and Fish

January 2017

Please help ensure that a hearing is held on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposed TALU (tiered aquatic life use) rules. 

Adoption of these rules would downgrade more than 100 waters to “Modified Use," reducing incentives to protect or restore these waters so that they support aquatic life. In addition, changes in the Agency’s proposed rules are needed to ensure that exceptional trout streams and other great fishing waters are protected.

Deadline February 2nd!

Make the Boundary Waters Off-Limits to Sulfide Mining!

January 2017
Your action is needed now to tell both the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management that you support making the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits for sulfide mining for at least 20 years. An environmental review is starting now that provides a chance to identify the factors that make copper-nickel mining extraordinarily risky in Northeastern Minnesota’s priceless waters.
First, send a comment to the USFS, then sign the petition to the BLM urging them to make the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits for sulfide mining for at least 20 years.

Require that Minntac meets Minnesota's pollution standards to protect clean water!

December 2016

Act now to stop decades of illegal pollution from the Minntac Tailings Basin. Comment deadline extended to December 23, 2016.
The Minntac Tailings Basin has polluted Minnesota waters in violation of Minnesota laws and the federal Clean Water Act for a quarter of a century. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has failed to do its job and limit Minntac pollution. 

After decades of inaction, WaterLegacy’s petition to withdraw authority to regulate water pollution and a lawsuit, the MPCA has proposed a draft wastewater permit for Minntac tailings pollution. But, this is a weak and inadequate permit that would not require Minntac to comply with either Minnesota surface water quality standards or limits on groundwater pollution.
Please tell the MPCA to hold US Steel accountable today and rewrite the Minntac Tailings Basin permit to control toxic pollution and protect clean water, wild rice, fish, and human health. 

Help Change Rules to Require a Health Impact Assessment of Toxic Sulfide Mining Pollution

October 2016
No Health Impact Assessment has been done for the PolyMet sulfide mine proposed for Minnesota, despite requests made by more than 30,000 Minnesota doctors, nurses and public health professionals who spend their lives caring for the health of our community
Now, you can help change Minnesota rules so that an independent analysis of human health risks is mandatory for any sulfide mine. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board is considering whether to change the rules and require a Health Impact Assessment as part of environmental review of any sulfide mine. Tell the State that the rules must be changed to protect Minnesotans from toxic sulfide mine pollution.

Tell State Officials to List and Clean Up Minnesota Waters Polluted with Mercury and Sulfate

August 2016
Cleaning up polluted waters starts with our State’s “Impaired Waters” list. This list must be updated every two years and used to limit pollution, do scientific studies and set controls to clean up Minnesota’s polluted waters.
But Minnesota is dragging its feet on doing studies that set limits to clean up mercury contamination of fish. The MPCA has also refused to list any wild rice waters impaired due to sulfate pollution. 
Tell our State officials to list and clean up mercury and sulfate-polluted waters. And ask the EPA to step in and protect our Minnesota waters, wild rice and human health if Minnesota officials fail to do their job. 

Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: We Need Environmental Justice Now!

July 2016
In the wake of Flint, Michigan and unfair burdens on health in minority, low-income and tribal communities across the nation, it is time for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take strong action to protect environmental justice. 
This spring, the EPA released its EJ 2020 Action Agenda that is intended to provide a “strategic plan” for environmental justice. The EPA needs to hear from us: first, that we appreciate that they are talking about justice and, second, that their plan needs to actually change rules, permits, funding and public engagement to reduce the burden of pollution, contamination, and destruction of natural resources in EJ communities. 
Please act today to tell EPA it’s time to walk the walk, not just talk about justice.

Tell the Forest Service: Deny Lease Renewals for Sulfide Mining near BWCA

June 2016
The U.S. Forest Service is considering denial of Twin Metals' request to renew expired federal mineral leases for development of sulfide mining on tribal Ceded Territories near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
It’s crucial that we seize this opportunity tell the Forest Service that sulfide mining poses unacceptable risks to Minnesota water resources and communities. Please sign and share this petition calling upon the Forest Service to protect the Boundary Waters and tribal resources by denying renewal of Twin Metals’ leases for toxic copper-nickel mining.

Hold Minnesota Accountable - Break the Logjam over Expired Mining Pollution Permits

June 2016
Would you like to help protect clean water and hold the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency accountable for its failure to control sulfates, mercury and other toxic mining pollution? For the first time ever, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would allow them to step in and issue individual permits when a State fails to bring weak and expired permits up to date.
Please act today to give EPA leverage to fix Minnesota’s backlog of weak, expired mining permits.

Protect Minnesota’s Natural Wild Rice (Manoomin) from Sulfate Pollution

May 2016

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) presented their plan to eliminate the sulfate standard to their advisory 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.