March 23, 2012 – Ashland, Wisconsin

“Mining Impacts and Lake Superior:  A Basinwide Approach”

Through grant funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Lake Superior Binational Forum offered its first of three open public meetings about the impacts of mining activities in the Lake Superior basin in March 2012 in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Over 260 people with diverse perspectives participated in two versions of the meeting:

  • 160 people from 120 different communities in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario attended the meeting in Ashland, Wisconsin.
  • Over 100 people from eight states, the District of Washington, and Indonesia watched the presentations through a live webinar broadcast.

These participants reflected a diverse range of stakeholders with regards to mining activities: each participant indicated their sector on our registration forms.

People from 17 different sectors participated, such as:  industry, business, tribes, local, state and federal elected officials, faith community, academia, government, media, legal, and non-governmental organizations.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Susan Hedman

The forum was pleased to have Dr. Susan Hedman as the keynote speaker for this meeting.Dr. Hedman, the Administrator of Region 5 for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s role regarding mining in the Lake Superior basin.Northland College President Michael Miller introduced Dr. Hedman and welcomed her back to Ashland: Dr. Hedman taught environmental policy as a faculty member at the college in the 1980s.Watch Speech
(Video courtesy of Steve Zieverink, of The Hypha Film Project)Listen to Interview with Nikos Pastos

Welcome

Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr.,
of the Bad River Band of
Lake Superior Chippewa

Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. made opening remarks at the meeting.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have City of Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen welcome guests to Ashland.

Watch Speech (Video courtesy of Steve Zieverink, of The Hypha Film Project)

Listen to Speech

Mayor Bill Whalen

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have City of Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen welcome guests to Ashland.

Listen to Speech



Lakewide Management Plan and Mining Impacts
 

Lynelle Hanson,
Lake Superior Program Liaison with the
University of WI – Extension

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have Lynelle Hanson speak about “Lake Superior Binational Program and the Lakewide Management Plan.”

Listen and View Presentation

View Powerpoint Handout (.pdf)



Chemical Discharges and Mining Impacts

Nancy Larson,
Basin Supervisor,
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have Nancy Larson present “Zero Discharge Demonstration Program and Mining Impacts.”

Listen and View Presentation

View Powerpoint Handout (.pdf)



Historical Environmental Impacts

Mike Ripley,
Environmental Coordinator,
Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have Mike Ripley present “Historical Impacts of Ferrous Mining in the Lake Superior Basin.”

Listen and View Presentation

View Powerpoint of Handout (.pdf)



Sovereign Nations and Mining Impacts

 

Ann McCammon-Soltis, Director of Division of Intergovernmental Affairs,
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have Ann McCammon-Soltis present “Tribal Roles in Environmental Review and Mining Permitting:  A US Perspective.”

Listen and View Presentation

View Powerpoint Handout (.pdf)



Economic Costs and Benefits

Dr. Tom Powers,
Emeritus Professor of Economics,
University of Montana

The Lake Superior Binational Forum was pleased to have Dr. Tom Powers present “Thinking about the Costs & Benefits of Mining:  A Holistic Approach.”

Listen and View Presentation

View Powerpoint of Presentation (.pdf)


Thank You!

Our thanks to the staff at WOJB Community Woodland Radio, Hayward, Wisconsin, for broadcasting the webinar in its entirety live on the radio and through its web site. The station is owned and operated by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

 

Questions and Comments

Lissa Radke, U.S. Coordinator, Lake Superior Binational Forum, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland  WI  54806, (715) 682-1489

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