|FW: Our St. Louis River: Endangered||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MADELINE SIMON (madeline-mplsmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:24:15 -0700 (PDT)|
I presume you heard about this too. Peace, Madeline Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:54:31 -0500 From: info [at] conservationminnesota.org To: madeline-mpls [at] msn.com Subject: Our St. Louis River: Endangered Conservation Minnesota Donate | Visit Us Online Dear Madeline, This morning, national conservation group American Rivers unveiled their list of the top ten Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S. Minnesota’s St. Louis River made the list. Why? The St. Louis River is at a crossroads. After years of progress cleaning up past pollution, we now approach a critical decision – whether to permit the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine. Pollution from PolyMet threatens human health and the economic development being spurred by a cleaner St. Louis River. In addition, PolyMet would destroy thousands of acres of wetlands at the headwaters of the St. Louis River and threaten wild rice downstream. Federal, state, and tribal governments have spent over $1 billion to clean up pollution and environmental damage to the river. Now we’re seeing signs of life along the St. Louis. The City of Duluth just announced a multi-million dollar initiative to bring tourism and development to the St. Louis River Corridor. There’s still a long way to go in cleaning up the St. Louis River, and we can’t afford to go backwards. Pollution from PolyMet would increase the risk of mercury-contaminated fish in the St. Louis River, an important fishery. 1 in 10 infants in the Lake Superior basin of Minnesota are born with unsafe levels of mercury. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin and can cause developmental delays in children. We expect that permits for PolyMet will be proposed later this year. We’ll need your help to prevent PolyMet from undoing years of progress cleaning up pollution. Learn more about the American Rivers designation at the Mining Truth website. Thanks for all you do to protect Minnesota’s water. Sincerely, Paul Austin Conservation Minnesota Paul Danicic Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Scott Strand Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Unsubscribe | Visit our web site | Contact Us | Donate | | 1101 West River Parkway, Suite 250, Minneapolis, MN 55119 tel: 612.767.2444 Mining Truth© a project of Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy 2015 All rights reserved. nonprofit software
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