Note: Listing here does not necessarily imply that we agree with everything on these sites.   However, we feel they contain important information for citizens and regulators to consider.

Clean, Sustainable Economic Opportunities

Superior Food Web is conducting a 15-county study to determine the economic benefits of growing an integrated local food-production industry.  The potential job-creation and the economic multiplier effect of keeping consumer dollars in system are huge.

See the film, Ely:  At the Crossroads.  Growing and sustaining employment through innovation, while maintaining and enhancing this world-class natural environment –- this is the challenge and opportunity of healthy, self-sufficient communities in these economic times.   Ely, in the midst of Minnesota’s prized lake country, stands at the edge of both Iron Range and wilderness.

PROTECTING Wild Rice:   WaterLegacy webpage

Sulfide Mining links

The U.S. EPA (Environmental protection Agency) has extensive information about acid mine drainage (AMD).

MDNR webpage on PolyMet’s NorthMet Project EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) tracks the status of the copper-mine proposal.  The Draft EIS has received the poorest possible marks from the US EPA.

Superior National Forest Hardrock Mineral Prospecting  Public Comments requested by Forest Service, due June 30, 2011.

MERCURY, MINING IN MINNESOTA, AND CLEAN WATER ACT PROTECTION: A REPRESENTATIVE ANALYSIS BASED ON THE PROPOSED POLYMET PROJECT by WaterLegacy legal counsel, Paula Maccabee, published in the William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 36.

EARTHWORKS (formerly the Mineral Policy Center) National group advocating protective mining regulation from the federal level. Lots of good technical and regulatory information from a concerned citizen’s perspective.
Montana Environmental Information Center  The effects of irresponsible mining are still felt strongly in Montana.  Abandoned and inactive mines litter the state, leaving behind scarred landscapes and contaminated water.  MEIC is a respected leader in mining reform

Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance; exploring the sulfide mining threat to Michigan  A National Wildlife Federation (NWF) documentary.  Michigan has strong laws, but lacks enforcement. This 33 minute film explores the MDEQ’s failures and biases, the threat of acid mine drainage to Lake Superior, Kennecott’s stained record, Anishnabe treaty rights, top-notch scientists’ analyses and more.

Wisconsin Resource Protection Council has been at the forefront, supporting citizens and communities in their resistance to polluting and abusive mining companies. Read the report onthe proposed Crandon mine  Blog on Cu Ni Sulfide Mining in Northeastern Minnesota  A blog on Boundary Waters Community, particularly Copper-Nickel mining near the BWCA.
Friends of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: A wealth of information about sulfide mining and the situation in Minnesota
Minnesota Mining Economics (2007) by Dr. Tom Power.  A PowerPoint presentation of key facts from Dr. Power’s landmark study of historical Iron Range counties’ data shows that decades of relatively steady economic growth and job creation have progressed due to sustainable businesses.  Mining employment has declined steadily with automation, despite record taconite production in the past decade.
See recent studies on economic costs of the  Rosemont Project  (2010 Arizona) and cost vs benefits in the Lake Superior basin (2012) in slides or video.
WATER Rights and Conservation
A League of Women Voters Series — Healthy Legacy II:  Water, March 6 – May 8, 2010   Our Troubled Waters, Urban Water and Land Use, Conservation–Preserving Our Water
Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration was an exhibit and events February 23 to March 25, 2010.  We are facing a global water crisis:* 18% of the world’s population lack access to safe drinking water, and 42% lack access to basic sanitation. More than 2.2 million people die each year from diseases associated with these conditions. As water scarcity grows, so will these numbers.  By 2025, it is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population will live in areas facing moderate to severe water stress.   See the U.N.  Water for Life.
Another Water Management Is Possible Campaign is a populist alternative to government and corporate control of water resources, holding that water is the common public property of all the people in the world, not anyone’s private property.  The campaign’s inception was founded as a response to a pivotal event:  March, 2009 the 5th World Water Forum held in İstanbul in order to discuss the water policies of the world.
EPA Office of Water  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an extensive website containing information on water science, ground and drinking water, wastewater management, and wetlands, oceans, and watersheds.
Headwaters community Journalism for the Great Lakes
Environmental groups