The Boundary Waters is where generations of children developed a lifelong love of nature that brought them back as adults. Home to walleye, northerns, smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish, they are a fisherman’s paradise. But this world-class fishing area is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining.
Pollution accidentally released from these mines would flow directly into the heart of the Boundary Waters and wipe out fish and other wildlife. A single mine in this watershed could potentially pollute the wilderness for at least 500 years. Fortunately, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) stepped in to protect the Boundary Waters and its watershed in the Superior National Forest.
The USFS public input process saw two-thirds of Minnesotans opposing the mine. A coalition, including Keep America Fishing with the help of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, collected over 72,000 signatures which were delivered to the USFS.
In December 2016, the Department of the Interior put a two-year pause on mineral development over 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest land that lies within the watershed of the Boundary Waters and initiated a two-year environmental review process of proposed mining activity. We continue to work with Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters as attempts to halt this environmental review process arise.