Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

One of the country's most endangered rivers is in Minnesota, group says

Author:

The largest United States tributary to Lake Superior is one of the most endangered rivers in the country, according to the conservation group American Rivers.

The 194-mile-long St. Louis River – which begins near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, and flows through the Superior National Forest into Wisconsin before finally emptying into Lake Superior – came in at No. 8 on American Rivers' America's Most Endangered Rivers report.

The annual report released Monday highlights 10 rivers that face urgent environmental threats, and the St. Louis River is one of five on the list threatened by some kind of mining.

American Rivers says copper-nickel mining proposals (such as PolyMet's NorthMet project) near the river's headwaters puts drinking water, wildlife and thousands of acres of forested wetlands and streams at risk.

Within a few weeks, state and federal agencies will decide if PolyMet's environmental review is complete enough to allow the company to apply for permits to start the mine, the Duluth News Tribune says. If permits are approved, work on the mine could begin later this year.

American Rivers is urging officials to deny the permits because it argues PolyMet's plan doesn't sufficiently protect the river and surrounding communities. However, PolyMet officials maintain the project – which would tap into one of the largest and untouched copper and nickel deposits on Earth – would meet all state and federal water quality rules, and boost the state's economy.

The St. Louis River is the second river in the state to make American Rivers' list in the last three years because of copper-nickel mining proposals, MPR News reports. In 2013, the South Kawishiwi River, which flows into the Boundary Waters, was No. 6 on the list.

Next Up

Biden Minnesota visit stream screengrab - 11.30.31

What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday

The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.

Grand Marais

Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic

The sparsely populated, highly-vaccinated county has continuously had one of the lowest rates of COVID in the state.

Waits family screengrab CNN

Support for MN family after anti-maskers target child of school board chair

An online group opposing Kelsey Waits outed the child as transgender.

Pixabay - school - classroom

St. Paul schools add 2 days to winter break due to pandemic stress

The added days off are meant to acknowledge the stress the pandemic has caused.

Fardoussa Abdillahi

Charges: St. Cloud mother killed baby, placed him in dumpster

The 4-month-old baby was found by officers on Sunday morning.

ambulance

1 dead in crash at Lake Street intersection in south Minneapolis

There have been 465 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, according to the state's traffic division.

robbery

St. Paul restaurateur's businesses burglarized a 6th time

The owner of The Gnome and Hope Breakfast Bar is asking politicians to help St. Paul business owners.

North Memorial Air Care

Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash in southern MN

The 18-year-old was airlifted to a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester.

foo fighters grohl mr rossi wikimedia

Foo Fighters abruptly cancel Gophers stadium show hours after announcing it

The band is looking for a new venue because of a disagreement over COVID protocols.

lush

LUSH in Minneapolis to reopen under new ownership in December

FOX 9's Jason Matheson and two popular performers are among the new owners of the revived bar and restaurant.

unsplash roller blade close

Lace up: Indoor skating returns to US Bank Stadium this winter

The venue announced 13 Winter Warm-Up dates for both skaters and runners.

Related