Protect the Boundary Waters from Toxic Mining

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness | Photo by Steve Piragis

During the Trump administration, we saw unprecedented attacks on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They canceled and buried a robust environmental study of the ecological and economic impacts of mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. They also re-instated and renewed the mining leases of Chilean mining giant Antofagasta. The Biden administration represents a potential sea change for conservation efforts across the country, including the Boundary Waters. There is an opportunity to reverse the erosion of protections and bring science and public input back into the decision-making process.

In Congress, U.S. Representative McCollum (MN-4) is introducing legislation this spring to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining. We need Congressional members from across the country to support and work to pass this bill. If it passes and is signed into law, the Boundary Waters would be protected forever from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining.

Please urge your members of Congress to support and work to pass Rep. McCollum’s bill to protect America’s most visited Wilderness, the Boundary Waters.

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