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.

Tell the Minnesota DNR to Deny PolyMet Water Appropriation Permits!

August 2017

The Minnesota DNR has proposed six draft water appropriation permits for the PolyMet NorthMet sulfide mine, and we have until SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 to speak up. Tell the DNR to deny the PolyMet draft water appropriation permits! 

These draft permits would allow PolyMet to appropriate 6.175 billion gallons of water every year for its sulfide mine project. PolyMet hasn’t studied this huge level of water consumption or shown that streams, groundwater and wetlands wouldn’t be contaminated and desiccated. Stop this uncontrolled experiment with Lake Superior watersheds!

Oppose the Trump Administration threat to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule

August 2017
Tell the Trump Administration not to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule that protects Minnesota drinking water from pollution. 
The 2015 Clean Water Rule protects essential streams and wetlands that support fish, wildlife, and waterways that nearly 1 in every 5 Minnesotans and one third of all Americans rely on for drinking water.
Your comments are needed now (before August 28th) to protect Minnesotan clean water.

Protect Minnesota’s Natural Wild Rice (Manoomin) – Oppose MPCA Plan to Eliminate Wild Rice Sulfate Standard!

August 2017

Wild rice is Minnesota’s state grain, a vital plant for fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and a critical food and Treaty 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.

On August 21, 2017, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed to eliminate Minnesota's wild rice sulfate limit and replace it with an equation that will not protect wild rice. Take Action now and tell the MPCA to preserve the sulfate limit and apply it year-round to all wild rice waters.

URGENT Stop the Forced PolyMet Land Exchange Rip-off!

July 2017


Congressman Rick Nolan introduced a bill (HR 3115) to force the PolyMet land exchange down our throats whether or not Superior National Forest public land was undervalued to provide PolyMet with a sweetheart deal.

Please ask Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken to oppose the bill (HR 3115) which would force the PolyMet land exchange and refrain from any action to initiate or support similar legislation in the Senate.


Time is Running Out to Hold Sulfide Mining Companies Financially Responsible for Toxic Pollution

June 2017
Across the country, taxpayers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars when sulfide mines go bankrupt to avoid pollution cleanup costs. 
U.S. EPA has drafted financial responsibility rules to require sulfide mining companies to provide up-front money to clean up polluted and abandoned mines. The mining industry and other polluters strongly oppose rules to hold them accountable for their toxic pollution.
COMMENT ON OR BEFORE JULY 10th to protect clean water, citizens, and taxpayers.

Keep the “Contested Case” for Mining Permits

May 2017

What are the mining companies trying to cover up in Minnesota?

Mining lobbyists want to restrict your right to a "contested case" to challenge a mining permit. Bills at the Legislature would limit the rights of Minnesota citizens to an independent hearing in front of an administrative law judge to challenge facts like dam safety and financial protection of taxpayers from mining pollution costs.

Ask Governor Dayton to VETO any proposal to take away citizen rights to challenge mine permits in a "contested case."


Tell the MPCA to Protect the Environment

April 2017


Would you like to give the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a piece of your mind?

The MPCA is asking citizens and stakeholders – you – to help shape the environmental protection strategy.

This is your chance to tell the MPCA, in your own words, that their job is to protect the environment, not to provide greater convenience to polluters. It takes about two minutes.


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!

DEADLINE AUGUST 11 - Make the Boundary Waters Watershed Off-Limits to Sulfide Mining!

January 2017
Your action is needed now to tell the Federal Government that you support making the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits to sulfide mining on federal lands for at least 20 years and to provide guidance for environmental review of sulfide mining risks.
At the St. Paul Listening Session on July 18, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director/Counsel Paula Maccabee provided several recommendations for the Forest Service environmental review of the proposal that would prevent sulfide mining on federal lands near the Boundary Waters. Maccabee emphasized that, “WaterLegacy believes important lessons must be learned from PolyMet’s EIS process. These lessons can be summed up in five words: Don’t make the same mistakes.” 
READ WaterLegacy’s full Statement at the USFS Listening Session here.
SEND your comment letter to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) by August 11, 2017. 


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.