Threat: Copper and nickel mining
At risk: Recreation economy and drinking water
The 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most popular wilderness area in the country for recreation. However, the South Kawishiwi River, which flows within the Boundary Waters, is threatened by copper and nickel mining on adjacent unprotected lands. If mining is permitted, the river and its clean water will be irreparably harmed by acid mine drainage, sulfates, and heavy metals. Minnesota's Governor and Congressional delegation must block proposals to mine and weaken water quality standards in this sensitive and well-loved area.