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Boundary Waters Among America's Most Endangered

April 17, 2013:

American Rivers has named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among America's Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013, shining a national spotlight on a proposed copper nickel mine that would release toxic waste into the South Kawishiwi River, threatening fish and wildlife, drinking water quality, and a world class recreation area.

American Rivers and its partners called on President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota's Governor Dayton to block mines and proposals to weaken water quality standards in this sensitive and well-loved area, and to expand mining protection zones around the Boundary Waters.

"Minnesota business owners recognize that the pollution that inevitably follows metallic sulfide mining poses a major risk to the area's tourism-based economy," said Becky Rom, of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, a local organization that advocates for the protection of the Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

"The Boundary Waters is a unique and beloved wilderness of lakes of rivers," said Betsy Daub, policy director of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. "The region should not be a guinea pig for risky new mines, which have never before operated without causing serious water pollution."

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What Do You Think?
  1. What do you think about possible sulfide metal mining (copper nickel mining) adjacent to the Boundary Waters?
  2. If you have been to the Boundary Waters or Quetico, have you seen changes in the water quality or other signs of pollution?

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