Fact Sheet Apr 14, 2015

Voyageurs National Park at Risk from Sulfide Mining

Recent mining proposals could pose a significant threat to this watershed. Even small amounts of contamination could harm the park's fish and wildlife.

Voyageurs National Park encompasses more than 84,000 acres of water — an area roughly the size of Minneapolis and Duluth combined. The park waters are home to loons, snapping turtles and wood frogs, and 53 species of fish, including lake sturgeon, walleye, and northern pike. These native species rely on clean water to thrive.

The nearly 250,000 people who visit Voyageurs each year enjoy kayaking, canoeing, boating and world-class fishing in the pristine waters of Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake.

But the lakes and rivers of Voyageurs National Park are now at risk from nearby sulfide mining.

Learn more by reading NPCA’s fact sheet or full technical report using the green “downloads” button above.

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