Minnesota’s Boundary Waters: Ancient woods, timber wolves, waters… and mining pollution?

Minnesota’s Boundary Waters: Ancient woods, timber wolves, waters… and mining pollution?

Speak out to protect Minnesota’s beloved Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from toxic mining pollution.

Boundary Waters Canoe and Wilderness Area (Photo: Greg Gjerdingen)
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The Threat to the Boundary Waters

Even in a state known for its beautiful lakes and waters, people know that Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is something special.

The waters are near-pristine. Old trees loom in the area. Timber wolves, deer and bears make their home in the area. And the watershed offers important habitat for birds and riparian wildlife species.1

The appeal of this unique area isn’t just local either: this beautiful place is the most visited wilderness area in the entire US.2

Unfortunately, popularity hasn’t spared the Boundary Waters from the Trump Administration’s rollback of environmental protections.3

Worse — unless we make our voices heard — the administration seems likely to approve new sulfide ore mining on the very doorstep of this incredibly special place. Such operations would virtually guarantee dangerous mining pollution in these now-near-pristine waters.4

How You Can Help

Please sign our petition and urge President Donald Trump to halt the federal study and permitting activities associated with mining in the Boundary Waters area.

Earlier this year, more than 18,000 conservation-minded Environmental Action supporters called for permanent protections from such mining activities.5 But with the Trump Administration seemingly still allowing mine permitting and review to continue,6 it’s time for us to step up the pressure to stop these mines and protect this special place.

Adding your name today helps in a couple of important ways:

  • Your signature will let President Trump know that you care about protecting the Boundary Waters — and that you don’t want them sacrificed to pollution from new mining nearby; and
  • You’ll help raise public awareness about the threat to this special place and grow the movement to protect this special place. The more people we have talking about the need to protect the Boundary Waters, the more successful we’ll be in this campaign.

Today is a great day to make a difference for a truly special, wild American place. Please take just a couple of moments to add your name now.

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1. “Superior National Forest: Wildlife of the Superior National Forest,” USDA Forest Service, retrieved online July 12, 2018.
2. Adam Fetcher, “Why Minnesota can’t afford mining near the Boundary Waters,” Minnesota Post, March 28, 2018.
3. Richard Moe, “Opinion: Rushing to Ruin the Boundary Waters Wilderness,” The New York Times, May 17, 2018.
4. “Sulfide-Ore Copper Mining Creates Unacceptable Risks to the Boundary Waters,” Save the Boundary Waters, retrieved online July 12, 2018.
5. Environmental Action, “Defending Minnesota’s Pristine Boundary Waters,” Environmental Action Blog, June 12, 2018.
6. J. Patrick Coolican, “Businesses sue Trump administration over mining near BWCA,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 22, 2018.