Action Alerts

Protect Minnesota’s Natural Wild Rice (Manoomin) – Oppose MPCA Plan to Eliminate Wild Rice Sulfate Standard!

Wild rice is Minnesota’s state grain, a vital plant for fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and a critical food and Treaty resource for many Minnesotans. Natural wild rice stands are vulnerable to sulfate pollution from mining and other industries, which is why, since 1973, Minnesota has had a rule that limits sulfate pollution to 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/L) in wild rice waters.

On August 21, 2017, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed to eliminate Minnesota's wild rice sulfate limit and replace it with an equation that will not protect wild rice. Take Action now and tell the MPCA to preserve the sulfate limit and apply it year-round to all wild rice waters.

URGENT Stop the Forced PolyMet Land Exchange Rip-off!


Congressman Rick Nolan introduced a bill (HR 3115) to force the PolyMet land exchange down our throats whether or not Superior National Forest public land was undervalued to provide PolyMet with a sweetheart deal.

Please ask Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken to oppose the bill (HR 3115) which would force the PolyMet land exchange and refrain from any action to initiate or support similar legislation in the Senate.


Oppose the Trump Administration threat to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule

Tell the Trump Administration not to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule that protects Minnesota drinking water from pollution. 
The 2015 Clean Water Rule protects essential streams and wetlands that support fish, wildlife, and waterways that nearly 1 in every 5 Minnesotans and one third of all Americans rely on for drinking water.
Your comments are needed now (before August 28th) to protect Minnesotan clean water.

DEADLINE AUGUST 11 - Make the Boundary Waters Watershed Off-Limits to Sulfide Mining!

Your action is needed now to tell the Federal Government that you support making the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits to sulfide mining on federal lands for at least 20 years and to provide guidance for environmental review of sulfide mining risks.
At the St. Paul Listening Session on July 18, WaterLegacy’s Advocacy Director/Counsel Paula Maccabee provided several recommendations for the Forest Service environmental review of the proposal that would prevent sulfide mining on federal lands near the Boundary Waters. Maccabee emphasized that, “WaterLegacy believes important lessons must be learned from PolyMet’s EIS process. These lessons can be summed up in five words: Don’t make the same mistakes.” 
READ WaterLegacy’s full Statement at the USFS Listening Session here.
SEND your comment letter to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) by August 11, 2017. 


Help Change Rules to Require a Health Impact Assessment of Toxic Sulfide Mining Pollution

No Health Impact Assessment has been done for the PolyMet sulfide mine proposed for Minnesota, despite requests made by more than 30,000 Minnesota doctors, nurses and public health professionals who spend their lives caring for the health of our community
Now, you can help change Minnesota rules so that an independent analysis of human health risks is mandatory for any sulfide mine. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board is considering whether to change the rules and require a Health Impact Assessment as part of environmental review of any sulfide mine. Tell the State that the rules must be changed to protect Minnesotans from toxic sulfide mine pollution.
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You can be effective in protecting Minnesota’s precious clean waters.


Help WaterLegacy protect the Lake Superior watershed and the Boundary Waters from mining pollution. Join the effort to ensure clean, plentiful water for generations to come. 


Your financial support will allow WaterLegacy to prepare technical and legal analysis, organize citizens to participate in hearings, and, if necessary, litigate to prevent sulfide mining pollution that would destroy our water resources.



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