NMW has a solid history of being a regionally based environmental organization that works on issues impacting wilderness. Sustainable Ely, our newest project, has been developed by local year-round residents, business owners and seasonal residents who are seriously concerned about proposed sulfide ore mining in the area.
Its Statement of Purpose is: To build and support a strong base of concerned citizens who will meet, inform, and inspire to action visitors to Ely and local residents; to engage in this work for the purpose of creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air, and forest landscape of the watersheds of the Kawishiwi River, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Lake Superior from toxic pollution caused by mining copper, nickel, and other metals from sulfide-bearing ore. Our immediate focus will be to educate members of the public and inspire them to act in opposition to mining of copper, nickel, and other metals in sulfide-bearing ores in the Quetico-Superior ecosystem by supporting the permanent protection of the Boundary Waters watershed.
To meet this purpose we opened an education center 206 East Sheridan Street, in the heart of the Ely business district. This center provides factual information on the negative impacts of sulfide ore mining on the local economy, the community and the environment. It is staffed by volunteers who give their personal time to educate people and listen to their thoughts on this important issue facing our community.
Wenonah has donated a canoe to be used as a physical petition to the President and members of Congress. We will ask President Obama, Congress, and Governor Dayton to stop proposed sulfide ore mining in the area and permanently protect the watershed. The Education Center will be the headquarters for the national campaign, where we act locally to reach nationally. People will express support by signing the petition and the canoe and by joining the campaign. This is one of a number of actions people will be able to take.
We will need volunteers throughout the year to staff the Sustainable Ely Education and Action Center and to help with a wide range of tasks. We are looking for outgoing people will talk to the public about the development of sulfide ore mining operations in our area and the negative economic and environmental impact of this development. If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.