What does clean water mean to you? How has the Boundary Waters shaped who you are?
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've experienced the beauty and wonder of the Boundary Waters. This is a place that has transformed thousands of lives. It's a national treasure, our national treasure.
But it's under threat.
Two copper-sulfide mines threaten northern Minnesota's clean waters: Twin Metals and PolyMet. If opened, these mines would spew toxic acid mine drainage into surrounding water sources, permanently polluting this pristine ecosystem.
This year, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness introduced a powerful piece of legislation to stop these mines – the Prove It First Bill.
This commonsense piece of legislation is simple: Before a copper-sulfide mine in Minnesota could be permitted, the Prove It First Law would require independent scientific proof that a copper-sulfide mine has operated elsewhere in the United States for at least ten years without causing pollution and that the mine has been closed for at least ten years without causing pollution.
If no copper-sulfide mine has met these standards, why would we allow Minnesota’s clean waters be the guinea pig?
Despite gaining widespread support and gaining the maximum number of coauthors in the Minnesota House of Representatives, deep-pocketed copper-sulfide mining interests worked hard to silence the bill.
We’re in this for the long term. We have science on our side. We have the vast majority of Minnesotans on our side. We have clean water on our side.
We have you on our side.
Our goal with the SpringForwardMN campaign is to raise the funds needed to expand our grassroots efforts that will force elected officials, from Aitkin to Zimmerman, to stop playing politics and do what’s right for Minnesota. This includes:
ABOUT THE FRIENDS
For over 40 years, Friend of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has worked to protect, preserve and restore America’s most visited Wilderness Area. Our supporters are part of a legacy of individuals who have stood together to protect the pristine waters of this unique, and sacred ecosystem.
In a stressful, hyper-digitalized world, we need the solace and quiet of wilderness. In turn, the wilderness relies on people to speak up and give the wilderness a voice. Such a harmonious relationship, between people and nature, is at the heart of everything we do.
From introducing young people to the wilderness to taking on some of the most powerful industries in the world, we believe advocacy comes in many forms.
Above all, it is the work of passionate individuals like yourself who have made this wild place what it is, and who will ensure it stays this way for generations to come.