WaterLegacy works to protect Minnesota’s Lake Superior watershed and the Boundary Waters from toxic mining pollution.
Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world's unfrozen fresh surface water. And the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, along with the Superior National Forest, contains 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire U.S. National Forest System.
But these resources are threatened.
Minnesota’s first proposed sulfide mine, the PolyMet NorthMet copper-nickel mine, poses a real and imminent danger of centuries of pollution in Minnesota’s Lake Superior watershed, destruction of tribal resources, and contamination of downstream fish with toxic mercury.
WaterLegacy was founded in 2009 to protect Minnesota’s water resources and the communities that rely on them. Since then, we have grown to over 9,000 members and supporters. And we’ve received the following regional, national and international awards for our work:
- Minnesota’s #1 Environmental Non-Profit Start-up from Philanthropedia
- Environmental Stewardship Award from the Lake Superior Binational Forum
- Allies for Justice Award from the Headwaters Foundation
- Freshwater Hero Award from Freshwater Future
We’re working hard to protect Minnesota’s waters. Organization, education, and legal advocacy on behalf of clean water take time and money. Your financial support is crucial. Your donation to WaterLegacy will be used to continue providing our winning combination:
- respected scientific expertise
- top-notch legal advocacy
- online and on-the-ground organizing
- support for citizens' (your) effective voice in environmental review and permitting processes
Want to learn more about our current efforts to combat mining pollution in Northern Minnesota? Visit our website (waterlegacy.org) and become a WaterLegacy member (it’s free!). And don’t forget to “like us” on Facebook. Help ensure clean, plentiful water for generations to come. Thank you!