Say NO to Toxic Mining on the Menominee River!
The Menominee River has some of the most spectacular hiking trails, rugged terrain, old growth forests, wilderness campsites and waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. However, Aquila Resources, Inc., a Canadian exploration company, proposes to put a 750-foot deep, open-pit metallic sulfide mine 50 yards from the edge of the Menominee River, risking contamination of municipal drinking water for Marinette, WI and Menominee, MI.
The Menominee River is particularly important to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, who revere this river as integral to their creation story. The mine site is located on the traditional lands of the Menominee Nation and contain prehistoric burial mounds, village sites, raised agricultural beds and dance circles. This proposed mine would also destroy water quality as it flows into Green Bay and eventually Lake Michigan, which would impact approximately 40 million people. Aquatic life, including the largest source of sturgeon for Lake Michigan, property values, and tourism would be adversely affected. The Menominee River is not the place for a mine.
Recent dam failures on the Tittabawassee River, resulting in devasting flooding and the evacuation of more than 11,000 people, also exposed the need for strict regulations and oversight. A ban on dangerous tailing dams will protect our communities and prevent water quality degradation.
Please urge the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to ban dangerous tailings dams associated with toxic mining and prevent the establishment of the proposed Back Forty mine.