Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, our #11 nonprofit The organization focuses on issues affecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota, and this focus has allowed the organization to have good impacts, particularly on the threats of sulfide mining in northeastern Minnesota.
It was a proud moment for the Friends when 200 people attended the premiere of our film “Precious Waters: Minnesota’s Sulfide Mining Controversy” in November. Following the film, a panel of individuals featured in the movie answered questions and discussed solutions to the risks this new form of mining presents. We were honored to have Rep. Alice Hausman, author of legislation that seeks to strengthen our financial assurance regulations, join the panel. But it is what has happened since that night that is truly amazing. As of February, more than 3,000 people watched “Precious Waters” online at www.preciouswaters.org. There have been dozens and dozens of showings in communities around the state, at churches, lake associations, businesses, and in private homes. There have also been several high profile public showings. The release of the 25-minute documentary marked a turning point in our work to raise awareness and engage the Minnesota public on this issue of such great and pressing concern. Featuring scientists, business-owners, citizen advocates and other voices, the film covers the history of this form of mining, the risks associated with it, and information about what is proposed in northeastern Minnesota. It was expertly written, directed and edited by award-winning filmmaker John Whitehead (you may have seen his previous work on TPT, including the series “Minnesota: A History of the Land.”) The film has been a success. Thousands have watched it and been motivated to get involved and take action. The 850 comments submitted via our website on the PolyMet Draft Environmental Impact Statement are a testament to the film’s power to educate and inspire.
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Friends has been a vocal leader in educating the public about the threat of metallic sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, raising awareness and successfully mobilizing opposition to this type of mining. Read the expert comments here to learn more about Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.