Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2013: Preventing Mining Pollution


Thousands of Minnesotans like you have told us that protecting the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior from sulfuric acid pollution from new Sulfide Mines is a top priority.  This is clearly a critical issue facing Minnesota and one that we must address now.  I want you to know that Conservation Minnesota is working hard this year to protect the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior from Sulfide Mining.

Here’s how:

  • Most Minnesotans are unaware of the differences between Sulfide Mining and traditional iron mines. People don’t know that there is not a single Sulfide Mine, anywhere in the world, that has been operated and successfully closed without polluting local waterways.
  • Conservation Minnesota is leading a broad-based public education effort about the dangers of Sulfide Mining, called Mining Truth.  Launched in May of 2012, this campaign has raised awareness through billboards, a growing 5,000-member Facebook network, online ads that have been viewed by more than 60,000 people, and targeted radio and television advertising.
  • Polling shows that, in the past year, the Mining Truth effort has raised awareness of the issue by more than 25%.  We plan to expand this effort in 2013.

Today, you can make a big difference in just a couple of minutes.  Please send a message to Governor Dayton, asking him to protect our state’s waters from Sulfide Mining pollution.  Follow the link here and send the pre-written letter, but feel free to add your own message as well.

Thanks so much for your help.  Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.



Paul Austin
Executive Director

Read the rest of the Spring 2013 Newsletter articles.

About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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