Boundary Waters are one of America's most vulnerable waterways, study says
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|The Boundary Waters are at grave risk of mining-related pollution, the study says.|
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Mother Jones used data from American Rivers 2012 and 2013 reports in search of the rivers "under the most duress (or soon will be) from extended droughts, flooding, agriculture, or severe pollution from nearby industrial activity."
Here's what Mother Jones has to say about the threats currently facing the Boundary Waters:
What's going on? The Boundary Waters, which in the past have suffered from extensive mine exploration, are located two miles from the site of a proposed copper-nickel mine. If it gets built, the Boundary Waters will be at risk of toxic metal and chemical pollution from mine waste and will require active water treatment.The only other major Midwestern river (or body of water) to make the list is the Missouri.
What's at risk? The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, covering 1.1 million acres, attracts as many as 250,000 visitors each year. It is home to wolves, lynx, moose, bears, loons, bald eages, and ospreys, and is a popular fishing destination. The US Forest Service estimates that the waters contribute about $100 million to the region's economy.
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