Path to Permanent Protection
2021 is our best chance to permanently protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining. We continue to work on several fronts focused on permanently prohibiting sulfide-ore mining in the Boundary Waters watershed. Our path to permanent protection includes:
- re-initiating a federal mineral withdrawal
- passing a permanent protection bill in Congress and the MN legislature
- ongoing litigation to terminate the unlawful leases
- using science to push back against the proposed mine plan
- revising the state's rules regulating mining
This page summarizes many of the approaches we are working on in 2021, and highlights those where we need your help. These actions will change throughout the year, so please check back often to help us win permanent protection for the Boundary Waters.
Nearly 70% of Minnesotans support permanent protection for the Boundary Waters. Are you one of them? Join the fight by taking asking the Biden-Harris administration to protect the Boundary Waters:
100 days of Action to Save the Boundary Waters:
A multi-week campaign to demonstrate the overwhelming support to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining.
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U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced HR 2794 - the Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act in the 117th Congress. The bill would forever ban sulfide-ore copper mining on federal lands in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. It is important to have broad co-sponsorship of this bill by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Minnesota Reps. Kelly Morrison and Jim Davnie and Minnesota Sen. Steve Cwodzinski are authoring a state Boundary Waters Permanent Protection Bill (HF 840 & SF 763). This bill would permanently ban sulfide-ore copper mining on state lands in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. Take action below to urge your Minnesota Representative and Minnesota Senator to co-author this important bill. Read our factsheet about the bill here.