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Dr. Lee Frelich, world renowned for his research and articles on forests and invasive species , gave 2 talks in Ely, MN

Thank you Dr. Frelich !

Dr. Lee Frelich took time out of his busy schedule to come to Ely July 21, 2015. He gave two talks, on on Climate Change and Invasive species at the Ely Tuesday group and one at VCC that evening on the effects of Sulfide Mining on the Boundary Waters, sponsored […]

How David Dill learned to stop worrying and love the mine

Minnesota and mining: Our children, our waters and wild rice are political pawns

CC/Flickr/Brett Whaley

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announcement came just two weeks before public comments were due for PolyMet’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet Mine is the first in a long line of sulfide mining projects aimed at turning Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, the lake country of the Arrowhead, into […]

The late Jackpine Bob Cary, respected Ely elder, still speaks to us. Will we listen?

Environmentally, “We,re a spitten mess!”

In 2002, Bob Cary spoke at Vermilion Community College. He was one of about 20 speakers in a series called “Speaking of Wilderness” sponsored by the Sigurd Olson Listening Point Foundation. Mining, fishing, canoeing, Knife Lake, local Native American elders, the Ojibwa language (which he studied in his later […]

“Boom, Bust, Boom” author: Copper mining should not be done in certain places!

View Presentation by Bill Carter author of “Boom, Bust, Boom”

In a speech to an overflowing crowd at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., author and filmmaker Bill Carter talked about copper mining and the copper industry around the world. He talked about what he learned in doing research for his book “Boom, Bust, […]

Why should we protect our aquifers and wetlands in Northern Minnesota?

(Published: Saturday 19 January 2013 in Nation of Change)

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeast of the United States late October 2012, millions of New Yorkers were left for days without electricity. But they still had access to drinking water, thanks to New York City’s reliance on protected watershed areas for potable water.

Instead […]

Facts and Fairy-Tales about Polymet’s proposal for a Sulfide Mine in N.E. Minnesota

Paula Maccabee, General Counsel and Advocacy Directory for Water Legacy at Ely Tuesday Group, August 6, 2013. A larger group than usual attended this event and many, from the questions asked and concerns shared, were new to the topic of Sulfide mining. From the response of the crowd, they were very appreciative of the work […]

Nancy Schuldt, Water Projects Coordinator for Fon Du Lac talks about water quality & Hard Rock Mining

Nancy Schuldt from the Fon Du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa talks about the significant problems hard rock mining has caused to the St. Louis River and the Lake Superior Watershed. She also discusses the water quality problems posed by the proposed Sulfide Mining in this region. You can view here talk at VCC […]

Wetland Swaps and Wetland Mitigation in Minnesota

Northeastern Minnesota is, for the most part in one form or another, wetlands. Lakes, rivers, swamps, bogs, marshes, etc. The two watersheds, the Rainy River and the Lake Superior, make up the largest fresh water system in the world. These watersheds are vital to the health and well being of every Minnesotan and it could […]