WaterLegacy advocates to protect the environment and the people who live, recreate, or own property in areas that would be harmed by proposed sulfide mining. WaterLegacy works to empower citizens through participation in government decisions. WaterLegacy also shares the results of its research on mining and water protection.
WaterLegacy Campaigns to Defend Clean Water
PolyMet NorthMet proposed Copper-Nickel Sulfide Mine
WaterLegacy is dedicated to ensuring that the PolyMet NorthMet sulfide mine, the first copper-nickel mine proposed in Minnesota, receives appropriate scrutiny from state and federal agencies to protect clean water, public lands, fish, natural stands of wild rice, public health, environmental justice and treaty rights.
Sulfate Pollution – Protecting Wild Rice
WaterLegacy is committed to ensuring that the wild rice sulfate standard is applied to protect wild rice, and prevent increased toxic mercury contamination of fish.
READ about WaterLegacy’s campaign to limit sulfate pollution and defend wild rice in the face of litigation, rulemaking and legislative efforts to weaken, repeal or invalidate the wild rice sulfate standard
Environmental Health and Justice
WaterLegacy is dedicated to protecting human health from industrial water pollution and to supporting and enhancing tribal capacity to protect water quality.
Defending Clean Water in Minnesota
WaterLegacy is committed to preserving and enforcing Minnesota rules protecting the State’s clean waters and the communities that rely on them from pollution. Some Minnesota’s rules must also be updated to become more protective consistent with modern scientific research, and waters that are already impaired due to pollution must be listed, analyzed and cleaned up.
Minnesota must pay particular attention to the pollution released from existing mining facilities and the threat of future pollution from proposed copper-nickel mining and additional prospecting across northeastern Minnesota from west of Duluth to the Canadian border.