Our Purpose

The Forum offers this section of its web site as a source of information that reflects many perspectives expressed in a community where a mine is operated or proposed. The links included here are meant to offer information that can help communities make well-informed choices for their future. Inclusion in this database does not necessarily mean the Forum overtly supports any one mine, position, perspective, or resource.

Mining Information

For information concerning specific states/province please click on the icon.

 Mining in the
     State of Michigan     
   Mining in the    
    State of Minnesota     


Responsible Mining Recommendations

Responsible_Mining_in_LS_Basin_screen_shotTo develop the recommendations, the Forum hosted three open public meetings in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and brought in speakers that addressed diverse perspectives about mining. Specialists gave presentations about historical mining operations and impacts in the basin; economic development and benefits to communities’ economies; environmental impacts on water and wildlife; research on mercury deposition; legal aspects of mining; cultural and Native American perspectives; and current research results, as well as about a dozen other perspectives.

Click to view Lake Superior Binational Forum’s Responsible Mining Recommendations.


Webinar Available

Dr. Nancy Langston explains the Lake Superior Binational Forum’s recommendations for responsible mining in the Lake Superior basin in this webinar produced in December 2013.


Geographic Locations

glifwc_basin_mining_map_screen_shotBelow is a map of the exploratory drilling operations, current, and proposed mining sites in the Lake Superior basin as of November 2011. This map was prepared by the Lake Superior Workgroup’s Mining Committee.

Click on Map for a full size view.
Updated:  May 13, 2013


Public Comment Opportunity Results

Public_Comment_Form_screen_shot The comment form asked multiple-choice questions about mining operations in general, as well as questions about specific portions of the mining permitting and operating processes. Respondents were also allowed to submit personalized comments on the form.

Click to view the Public Comment Opportunity Results





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Who We Are and Disclosure

  • What is the Forum and what do we do.
  • The Forum is part of the broader Lake Superior Binational Program.
  • The Binational Program has developed a Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) that identifies priority lake management issues and goals and outlines ways to reach these goals.
  • Part of the LaMP includes a unique Zero Discharge Demonstration Program that calls for point source discharge reductions of 9 of the most toxic chemicals found in the lake.  The vision of this demonstration program is to have zero discharges of these chemicals by 2020.

The Forum does not take a position for or against any mine in the basin, but the group does promote the goals of the Zero Discharge Demonstration Program and the broader ecosystem goals as outlined in the LaMP.  The Forum recently sent a statement to Wisconsin legislators regarding proposed legislation changes.    View Statement

In 1991, the Forum wrote and adopted by consensus a groundbreaking vision statement that in effect speaks for the water and a sustainable economy. The first line of that Vision Statement is “Water is life, and the quality of water determines the quality of life.”  The vision statement also highlights the need for sustainable community and economic development.

The U.S. Forum Coordinator is located at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute on the Northland College campus. The Institute and Northland College support the Forum’s functions of convening opportunities and meetings that provide reasoned information from diverse perspectives to help people make informed decisions about issues in their communities.


The Forum has archived some of its information about mining issues on these discussion pages on its web site.


*Photos sources:, Dave Bren, EcoSuperior, Northern Michigan University


The Forum has tried to include all perspectives about mining and community issues on this web site. However, we do not pretend to offer an exhaustive database of every source of information that is available. The Forum will continue to expand and evolve this site as more information becomes available.

If you have more information or websites that you do not see here, please tell us.