Ely area Business Owners and Residents post their stories on the American Rivers Blog

Someone fishing from shore on a lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessNine Ely area residents have written pieces for the American Rivers blog over the past few months. Below are are summaries of each article with links to full articles. American Rivers classified the Kawishiwi River as one of America’s 10 most endangered river for 2013 because of the environmental threats associated with the proposed Twin Metals sulfide ore mine.

Sustainable Ely…Up, Running, and Making an Impact

By Jerritt Johnston, Sustainable Ely, October 15th, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

This is a guest blog by Jerritt Johnston of Sustainable Ely. © Sustainable Ely Urge President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota’s Governor Dayton to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the massive Twin Metals Minnesota Mine. This summer, Northeast… Read more »

Survey Says… Don’t Mine the Boundary Waters!

By Jessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers, September 26th, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater PollutionWater Supply

Let President Obama, Governor Dayton, and Congress know that you oppose harmful mining on the Boundary Waters! | © Jim Brandenburg Earlier this year, American Rivers highlighted concerns over introducing sulfide mines to the Boundary Waters region… Read more »

Reflections On Preserving Special Places

By Jaime Pinkham, Vice President of Native Nations at the Bush Foundation, and a member of the American Rivers Board, June 13, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

It was a rainy day, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of over 60 people who paddled the South Kawishiwi River near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  This pristine river is at the heart of a vibrant resort, camping, boating, and canoeing area.  Paddlers were protesting a proposed huge sulfide-ore mine that will likely pollute the river and the nearby BWCAW with toxic acid mine drainage and heavy metals… Read More

Health Concerns Over Mining in Minnesota

By Jessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers, June 6, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

Our waters are not all that is at stake in the campaign to protect the Kawishiwi River and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The health of our children also depends on our success. In Minnesota’s labyrinth of wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes, contamination spreads easily through the faulted bedrock.  Read More

Love at First Sight

By Jessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers, May 30, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

Twenty-three years ago, when I purchased my lake lot and had my cabin built by a local craftsman, I did not envision that one day I would be engaged in a David and Goliath struggle to protect the waters of this area I love.  Sometimes I say with a smile that after researching for seven years I now have the equivalent of a degree in sulfide mining.
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 Listen To The River, And Then Fight For It!

By Steve & Nancy Piragis, May 16, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

Such is the mood and the temperament of the Kawishiwi River winding its way thru the heart of America’s canoe wilderness, the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.  How could a wilderness river be threatened when it has survived so pure for twelve thousand years since its birth under glacial ice? Read More

 A Miner’s Take on Mining the Boundary Waters

By Bob Tammen, May 8, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

My wife, Pat, and I stopped by the South Kawishiwi River last week.  The river current is starting to take out the ice in the narrows, and in a few days we’ll have a canoe in the water again.

We see evidence of exploratory drilling for copper-nickel mines, but spring load limits are on some of the roads so we won’t see the big rigs moving for a few days.  So far, the drilling has confirmed that the Duluth Complex is a low grade ore body in a high grade environment— Superior National Forest.  Read More

Protecting Special Places Is Important For Local Businesses

By Steve and Jane Koschak, River Point Resort, May 1, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

The resort lies across the river from the Twin Metals sulfide metal mining exploration area, which caused the Boundary Waters to be declared one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013.  Visitors do not come here to listen to the drone of drills and heavy equipment going on across the lake in an area considered “ground zero” for sulfide mining exploration.  Read More

 Sulfuric Acid Can Really Ruin a Vacation

By Paul Schurke,  April 24, 2013 | Most Endangered RiversWater Pollution

Many of us fondly remember the children’s book Paddle to the Sea, in which a native boy carves a toy model of an Indian in a canoe and sets it free to travel from Lake Nipigon through Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  I was captivated by the adventures along the way – wild animals, sawmills, ship’s locks, forest fires, shipwrecks – but the story was also my introduction to the concept of watersheds.  Read More