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Paddle to DC send off Event Sunday, August 24th

Paddle to DC send off Event Sunday, August 24th

August 18th, 2014

Paddle with the Freemans for the first mile of their 2,000 mile journey by water to Washington DC. Sign the petition canoe and support their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide ore mining. Where: Voyageur Outward Bound School (Kawishiwi River) When: August 24th Noon to 2:00 PM What: Canoe floatilla on the Kawishiwi...Read More

International Joint Commission Action Alert

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August 13th, 2014

On Friday, August 15, at 9:00 AM the International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study Team will hold a public meeting at the Vermilion Community College Theater in Ely to take comments on the Draft Water Quality Plan of Study ("POS"). The International Joint Commission ("IJC"),...Read More

Catastrophic Tailings Spill at Mount Polley Mine

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August 11th, 2014

This was posted on Mining Watch Canada's website and is posted here with permission.  It is well worth the read. Vist their website at Friday, August 08, 2014 On August 5, approximately 10 billion litres of wastewater and 5 billion litres of solid tailings waste escaped the impoundment at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley...Read More

Adventure Stories of the North

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August 6th, 2014

Many adventurers have gotten their start or have close ties to Ely area and the BWCA. Come hear their stories and how the wilderness has inspired their feats.  All presentations are free and open to the public. Don't miss this exciting series every Thursday night this August. 6:30 PM Vermilion Community College Theater August 7:...Read More

Urge President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota’s Governor Dayton to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the massive Twin Metals Minnesota Mine.


The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
– Edward Abbey