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Protect Minnesota's Rivers from Harmful Mining!
The St Louis River is the largest U.S. river to flow into Lake Superior, it is 192 miles (309 km) in length and starts 13 miles (21 km) east of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. It's located in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region, which is known for its pure and abundant waters, deep forests, expansive wetlands, and recreational opportunities. The river is fished for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, and channel catfish populations.
However, a proposed copper-nickel sulfide mine at the headwaters of the St. Louis River, the region’s main artery, threatens drinking water, wildlife, and the treaty-protected hunting, fishing, and gathering rights of the Ojibwe people.
Unlike other mines, sulfide mines release sulfuric acid when water comes into contact with other mine waste. In places where this type of mining is common, acid mine drainage has a long and tragic history of contaminating rivers, lakes, and groundwater. The PolyMet mine would be an open pit copper and nickel mine. If it starts, it is likely to be the first of many sulfide mining proposals in northern Minnesota.
It is critical that state and federal regulators deny permits for the mine plan because it does not sufficiently protect the St. Louis River and its communities.