Join WaterLegacy and Honor the Earth in Duluth for a unique solstice Native craft fair, banquet and celebration of the campaigns to protect Minnesota's clean water from sulfide mining and pipeline development.

All proceeds will support Honor the Earth and WaterLegacy in our efforts to challenge sulfide mining and pipeline polluters that would permanently contaminate our water for short-term economic gain.

Solstice Celebration to Protect Sacred Waters Manidoo Giizisoons (Moon of the Little Spirit) Celebration

December 21, 2014

Clyde Iron Works., 2920 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN

Native Craft Fair (11 am- 4 pm), Social Hour (5:30 pm), Dinner (6:30 pm)

The menu will feature modern and traditional Dakota and Ojibwe foods prepared by nationally-recognized Chef Sean Sherman of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. With his new restaurant and learning center opening this winter in the Twin Cities, we are honored to have Chef Sherman prepare the foods for our solstice feast.

Advanced reservations are required. Ticket prices are $45 per person, $80 per couple or $320 for a table of 8 people. Tickets are available online or checks can be sent to Honor the Earth P.O. Box 63, Callaway, MN 56521.

Please join WaterLegacy and Honor the Earth for this unique solstice celebration on December 21, 2014. In the upcoming year, we will face many challenges from sulfide mining and pipeline pollution and destruction. This feast is a chance to acknowledge the progress we’ve made together and to stand in solidarity with the Native communities who have led the way in protecting Minnesota’s sacred waters.



DULUTH, MN: October 20, 2014 – The Minnesota Public Health Association, Minnesota Medical Association, Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast, Healthy Food Action and Food and Water Watch Midwest Region have joined a groundswell of citizens and professionals asking Governor Mark Dayton and state agencies to require a health risk assessment of the threats to infants, children and adults posed by Minnesota’s controversial PolyMet sulfide mine project.

Read the news release.

Read the Health Professionals' letter.

Read a Commentary by Duluth Doctors.


WaterLegacy and more than 600 citizens have asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to require an Environmental Impact Statement before Northshore Mining begins a new expansion into high-sulfur Type II Virginia Formation rock.

WaterLegacy also asked federal agencies to deny permits for the Northshore Mining expansion into high-sulfur rock until alternatives that contain and treat pollution are considered to protect drinking water and the Boundary Water and Lake Superior watersheds. Read more here.

Stay Informed – Wild Rice Standard Research Finds Existing Limits on Sulfate are Needed to Protect Wild Rice

The independent research performed under the supervision of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Wild Rice Advisory Committee supports keeping the existing 10 milligrams per liter limit on sulfate in wild rice waters, if not making the standard more stringent. Studies lend no support for an MPCA interpretation that the standard should only apply “seasonally,” allowing sulfate dumping during the fall, winter and spring. Relationships between iron, sulfide formation and the phosphorus cycle that causes eutrophication and algae blooms need further study. Read more here...

ACT NOW: Join the Minnesota Nurses' Association in Asking Governor Mark Dayton to Require A Full Analysis of the Health Risks of PolyMet's Open Pit Copper-Sulfide Mine Plan

PolyMet’s mine plan has the potential to damage the developing brains of fetuses, infants and children as a result of exposure to drinking water polluted with lead and manganese and increased mercury contamination of fish. Other human health risks of the PolyMet sulfide mine include asbestos-like fibers and nickel dust causing cancer and lung disease in mine workers, and arsenic in Hoyt Lakes area drinking water increasing cancer risks.

More than 45 individual doctors and nurses, the Minnesota Nurses Association - the state's largest nurses' union - and Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, have raised concerns about the health impacts of the PolyMet project and have asked for an assessment of health impacts posed by the PolyMet project. Read more ...

Over 50,000 Comments on PolyMet Mine Plan (SDEIS) & EPA Comments Confirm Tribal and Environmental Concerns


Thanks to your hard work, conservation and environmental groups across Minnesota exceeded our goal of 50,000 comments on Polymet's Mine Plan (SDEIS). WaterLegacy supporters alone submitted more than 5,000 comments.

 Read WaterLegacy's official comments on the plan here. 

In 2010, the US Environmental Agency (EPA) gave PolyMet's previous attempt (DEIS) a failing grade. Four years later on 3/13/14, the EPA rating for the SDEIS showed many areas where the analysis was still incomplete. These include failure to model elemental mercury or characterize risks from methylmercury, failure to support the claim that 90% of all seepage will be captured, failure to quantitatively assess indirect impacts on wetlands, failure to show the least environmentally damaging practical alternative, and failure to provide information on the length of treatment or financial assurance. Read EPA's letter here.

WaterLegacy, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands,
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Succeed in Overturning Mesabi Nugget Variance

SAINT PAUL, MN, March 10, 2014 – WaterLegacy, along with the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, have succeeded in resolving their landmark Clean Water Act lawsuit against the EPA in federal court, WaterLegacy et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al.

Read more ...

Read the EPA Motion to Remand ...

Cumulative Effects Assessment Needed to Protect Lake Superior Basin

With the onslaught of sulfide mining proposals in the Lake Superior Basin, 59 conservation, business, faith-based and tribal groups in Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prepare a cumulative effects assessment of negative impacts of mining on clean air, fresh water, mercury contamination and public health across the Lake Superior Basin. Read more ...

Join Our Award Winning Work

WaterLegacy Protecting Clean Water w/Paula Maccabee
seal In May 2013, WaterLegacy was honored as an Ally for Justice by the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. We've also won awards from Philanthropedia (2011), and the Lake Superior Binational Forum (2012). Read more... seal


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