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.

What’s at Stake?

Recent News & Actions

Court rulings on mining pollution highlight MPCA failings | Healing Minnesota Stories

A new article describes the MPCA: “A sleepy watchdog with no teeth.” It details MPCA’s failure to regulate U.S. Steel Minntac pollution and efforts by WaterLegacy and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to protect clean water.

Fond du Lac Band Chairman Kevin DuPuis states: “We will keep pushing the state and others to follow the law and respect our treaty rights for as long as it takes. Clean water is non-negotiable.”

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Groundwater Protection – Reverses Decision Preventing Control Of U.S. Steel Minntac Pollution

“The Minnesota Supreme Court decision today is a big win for Minnesota groundwater and for public health. Drinking water standards may now be enforced to control U.S. Steel’s Minntac tailings basin pollution, and U.S. Steel is not above the law. In addition, Minnesota standards to keep toxic chemicals out of drinking water – everything from nitrate to arsenic and lead – remain in place to protect groundwater across our state.” – Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy

ACTION ALERT: Sign the petition for rulemaking to the MPCA!

Join us in demanding that the MPCA adopt the water quality standards Minnesotans need. Please add your name to an important petition for Minnesota class 2 rulemaking to protect aquatic life, wild rice, wildlife and human health.

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