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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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Act Now (Deadline Jan. 19) to Support a 20-Year Ban on Copper Mining in Minnesota’s BWCA Watershed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s public comment period is underway for a proposed 20-year ban—called a “mineral withdrawal”—on 225,378 acres of the Superior National Forest within the watershed of the BWCA. Act today to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide mining and demand strong environmental review.

Local View: Proposed Tamarack mine poses familiar environmental risks | Duluth News Tribune

“Talon is proposing to mine a ‘massive sulphide mineralization’ at the headwaters of the Big Sandy Lake watershed, an hour southwest of Duluth. This watershed enjoys clean water and fresh air, abundant wild rice protected by treaty-reserved rights, treasured lake retreats, forests, and wildlife. It is a hunter’s and angler’s paradise.”

“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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