WaterLegacy Community Organization

WaterLegacy Community Organization

Across the country sulfide mining has been polluting surface and/or groundwater with acid mine drainage, sulfuric acid and/or toxic metals.

Across the country sulfide mining has been polluting surface and/or groundwater with acid mine drainage, sulfuric acid and/or toxic metals.

WaterLegacy is a grassroots citizens’ group formed in response to the threat of what would be the first sulfide mine proposed in the State of Minnesota.

This group is leading efforts to protect land in the Superior National Forest, adjacent to the Boundary Waters. They are lands that are designated as High Biological Diversity and on which Native American tribes have rights to hunt, fish and gather reserved under treaties. The proposed sulfide mine by PolyMet would harm endangered and threatened species and would conflict with federal
fiduciary responsibilities to tribes as well as state and federal statutes, regulations and policies.

In response, WaterLegacy has been vigilantly working to educate the public and media. As a result, they are changing the one-sided conversation that was undermining their communities’ economic and environmental sustainability.

WaterLegacy is also a leader in advocacy efforts to state and federal agencies, bring together groups from around the state and region
to create a powerful impact. They have consistently brought solid, scientific and legal information to decision makers that is resulting in better protections for area waters. The Great Lakes Basin is lucky to have such hard working advocates!

 

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