Current water quality issues that MN COLA has determined should receive special attention on a long term basis are listed below. MN COLA expresses its opinion on these issues as the need arises in various forms including public comments and resolutions.
➸ Polymet / Twin Metals Sulfide Mining
"Sulfide mining" does not seek to produce sulfur; rather, the sulfide is the inevitable byproduct for extracting other metals such as copper, nickel, and other metals from the sulfide ores in which they are contained. This puts mines like these in a completely different league than the traditional iron ore/ taconite mines that have been operating in the Minnesota Arrowhead (and into Wisconsin and Upper Michigan), where sulfide is not involved.
MN COLA serves to coordinate the efforts of all lake, river, and watershed associations in Minnesota, related to shoreline preservation and restoration, water quality, prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS), and sustainable uses and development for bodies of water in all counties, which include: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake Of The Wood, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.
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