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The Impacts of Nonferrous Mining in the Lake Superior Basin: Overview and Updates
(Lake Superior Binational Forum)
The Lake Superior Binational Forum recently offered the last of the three public meetings about the impacts of mining in the Lake Superior basin. The focus of the meeting held in Virginia, Minnesota, was to learn how nonferrous mining operations may impact the economies and environment of the Lake Superior basin, especially on the Minnesota Iron Range. (From “cnews.canoe.ca“)
“Let’s not take our abundance of clean water for granted“.
If you’re reading this in Canada, chances are good that you can go to your kitchen and pour yourself a glass of cold, clean drinking water straight from the tap. If you’ve had a stressful day, you can run yourself a nice warm bath.
That’s not the case in some parts of the world, where a woman may have to walk many kilometers with her children just to fill a bucket of murky water, which she must then carry back over the parched landscape. Canadians who have traveled outside of the tourist resorts in nearby Mexico know that abundant and clean water is never taken for granted there.
In the U.S. climate change is expected to reduce flows in major rivers, including the Rio Grande and Colorado, by as much as 20 per cent this century, according to an Interior Department report. With an increase in droughts over the past several decades, these areas are already experiencing challenges in supplying growing populations with water for drinking, irrigation, power generation, and recreation.
We often take out abundant and clean water for granted here in Canada, but we shouldn’t. To begin, climate change is altering precipitation patterns, increasing drought in some areas and flooding in others, and it’s reducing the amount of water stored in glaciers, snow packs, lakes, wetlands, and ground water.