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.

Michael Koppy to Attempt North Country Trail Through-Run to Raise Funds for Clean Water

Michael Koppy will attempt to set a Fastest Known Time on the Wisconsin portion of the North Country Trail starting on May 12th. He will then run 210.5 miles totally unsupported, attempting to set a record of completing the trail in five days. At 70 years old, Michael will be carrying all of his food and supplies without any assistance from anyone. Click here to track Michael’s progress on the trail and donate to show support for clean water!

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Hotline Report finding Region 5 broke the EPA’s own rules in PolyMet permitting

  • EPA Region 5 failed to provide written comments to Minnesota on the PolyMet permit “contrary to the region’s standard operating procedures and per common EPA practice.”
  • EPA Region 5 repeatedly failed to make a determination under the Clean Water Act whether PolyMet discharge may impact Fond du Lac Reservation waters.

“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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