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Media Contact: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel

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WaterLegacy in the News

Fond du Lac Band wins halt to copper mine

Indian Country Today | April 5, 2021

“This is the first time that any downstream tribe has successfully exercised their rights under the Clean Water Act in order to object to a federal permit.” – Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel

Court rulings on mining pollution highlight MPCA failings

Healing Minnesota Stories | March 4, 2021

A new article in describes the MPCA: “A sleepy watchdog with no teeth.” It details MPCA’s failure to regulate U.S. Steel Minntac pollution and efforts by WaterLegacy and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to protect clean water.

Local View: Restore our connections to each other, the natural world | Duluth News Tribune

December 8, 2020

In the new year, let us come together for renewal as a community and for the restoration of a worldview where human beings are both part of the natural world and its staunch protectors.

Read the new commentary from “Gwiiwizens” Ricky DeFoe and Janet Keough.

PolyMet permit: Secrecy, manipulation and a low bar for Minnesota agencies

StarTribune | September 10, 2020

This time, in the PolyMet water pollution permit case, we had the benefit of staff notes, whistleblowers and FOIA lawsuits to reveal the truth. But what about next time? Have we set such a low ethical bar for our state agencies that they can manipulate permitting processes, but “get off” on a legal technicality? 

Responsible mining? Minnesota has a long way to go.

MinnPost | August 21, 2020

Minnesota’s existing taconite mining industry lags far behind when it comes to modern responsible mining standards. Not one existing taconite mine meets water-quality standards required by the federal Clean Water Act. All existing tailings basins and mine pits leak pollution — including sulfate, which has devastated natural wild rice stands, resulted in algae growth, and increased toxic mercury bioaccumulation and contamination of fish.


About WaterLegacy

WaterLegacy is an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization founded in 2009 to protect Minnesota waters and the communities that rely on them, particularly from sulfide mining pollution. Most of WaterLegacy’s board members live and work in northern Minnesota.

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