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Tell Congress to Defend the Boundary Waters

Tell Congress to Defend the Boundary Waters

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced HR 668 - the Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act - in the 118th 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.


You can help protect the clean water and boreal forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by taking action today. 

Together, we can keep sulfide-ore copper mining out of the watershed of America's most visited Wilderness and ensure permanent protection for the Boundary Waters so future generations can continue to enjoy the Wilderness. 

The Path to Permanent Protection

On January 26, 2022, the Biden administration announced it canceled the two federal mining leases held by Twin Metals.

These leases would have allowed Twin Metals to develop a sulfide-ore copper mine right next to the Boundary Waters. This move stops Twin Metals’ proposed mine just upstream of America’s most popular Wilderness.

On January 26, 2023, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed a Public Land Order (PLO) protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW or Wilderness), Voyageurs National Park (VNP), and 1854 Treaty Area from sulfide-ore copper mining. The PLO, called a mineral withdrawal, bans toxic mining on 225,504 acres of federal Superior National Forest land in the watershed of the BWCAW and upstream of the Wilderness.