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

Supreme Court affirms block of key PolyMet mine permit | Associated Press

“In layman’s terms, the PolyMet permit to mine just went boom. It was overturned and it starts over. What that means is the DNR is going to start from scratch.” – Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel

The court also ordered the DNR to conduct contested case hearing on whether a bentonite clay lining for the mine’s waste basin would keep pollution contained.

Save Wild Rice and Support U.S. EPA Oversight

Your comment today can help save Minnesota’s wild rice. For the first time ever, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising federal Clean Water Act authority to list Minnesota wild rice waters impaired due to sulfate pollution. This “impaired waters” listing would protect wild rice and require clean-up of sulfate. Comment today to save wild rice from pollution, support EPA oversight, and stand with Tribes for clean water and environmental justice!

History Made, PolyMet Wetlands Destruction Permit Stalled

On Friday, June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (the Band) made history. The EPA issued a determination under the Clean Water Act that PolyMet discharge “may affect” the Band’s reservation waters. As a result, the federal wetlands destruction permit issued to PolyMet by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has been stalled. What does this mean for stopping the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project?

“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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