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WaterLegacy is an award-winning nonprofit founded to protect Minnesota’s clean waters and the communities that rely on them, particularly from the threat of sulfide mining pollution in the Lake Superior and Boundary Waters watersheds.

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Don’t Let MPCA Strip Water Pollution Protections

Sulfate, salts and ionic pollution kill sensitive aquatic insects and destroy the aquatic food chain for fish, including trout. There is no dispute about the science. 


Yet, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now proposing to remove regulation of sulfate, salts, and ionic pollution from the Dark River trout stream.

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WaterLegacy in the News

Court hears arguments for supplemental impact statement, The Timberjay, April 4, 2019

“Here, there are real expansions proposed in great detail,” said WaterLegacy lawyer Paula Maccabee, referring to the mine alternatives outlined in the March study. “A bait and switch cannot be the basis for the most important first mine that would bring sulfide mining to Minnesota,” she argued to the three-judge panel.

Video: Revealing the Contested PolyMet Mine Site