Protect Minnesota’s life-giving waters

Protecting Minnesota’s waters and communities that rely on them, particularly from the proposed PolyMet/Glencore sulfide mine and attempted water quality standard rollbacks.

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Recent News & Actions

Tell the U.S. Forest Service to Deny the Lutsen Ski Resort Expansion Permit

The proposed Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort expansion threatens North Shore scenic integrity, wildlife habitat, water quality, and Tribal access to exercise Treaty-reserved rights in the Superior National Forest. It is contrary to the Superior National Forest Plan and contrary to the public interest. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to deny the Ski Resort Expansion Permit today.

EPA signs off on major changes to Minnesota’s water quality rules | MinnPost

The new rules “have the potential to significantly impair the health of Minnesota waters. That damage will be all the more severe for the state’s tribal citizens, who rely on wild rice, fish, and other treaty-protected resources for subsistence at rates higher than the rest of the population, and who are already subject to disparate impacts because of widespread water pollution.” – Joint statement of tribal governments

Tribes’, Activists’ Fight Against Proposed Minnesota Copper Mine Bolstered by Legal Victories | Earth Island Journal

“This continued mining extraction industry always leaves people hurting. Historically it’s been indigenous communities. Our concern is the potential for danger to the next generations. We’re looking out for not only our children, but the children of all peoples.” – Ricky Defoe, Chippewa Elder and WaterLegacy Board Member

“I was 95% sure PolyMet would happen. Well, you and your partners have forced a recalculation of those odds. Of course, the battle is not over, but the recent legal victories are huge, and I couldn’t imagine them a decade ago. I’m delighted and heartened that our donations are so effectively deployed. Thank you!” – Peter Leschak

“WaterLegacy has been in this fight right from the beginning. It’s been strong, smart and has solidified the resistance to copper mining. That’s why I make a monthly contribution.” – Barton Sutter
“Volunteering with WaterLegacy has been a great opportunity to learn about the threat posed by sulfide mining, as well as better development alternatives for our water-rich state. And talking to the public about these issues feels a lot better than sitting at home wringing my hands!” – Hannah Baxter

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