Widespread public concern over potentially destructive effects of hard-rock mining in Sulfide ore bodies such as those found near the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog rivers west of Marquette, Michigan, (see map for location) have spawned a new Michigan law. The new law is the result of a cooperative effort initiated by the Granholm Administration between the mining industry and environmental groups who worked together with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Natural Resources to develop a comprehensive law.
Early in 2003 the National Wildlife Federation and the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve organized The Eagle Alliance to focus attention on the Kennecott project. Early educational efforts by the Alliance highlighted deficiencies in Michigan’s ability to regulate mining in sulfide ore bodies. For more information on the Eagle Alliance visit: www.ydeaglescry.com.