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Back Forty Mine Workgroup

  • JOSHUA-Green Bay 130 Saint Matthews St Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301 (map)

JOSHUA Leadership has developed a team to plan around the issue and help guide JOSHUA and our congregations into the issue, education around it, and potential actions. Not yet involved? Come to our next meeting and join in the fight of the Back Forty Mine.
Here is some info about the Back Forty Mine Issue:
-Aquila Resources wants to develop an open pit (2000ft wide x 750ft deep) a massive gold, zinc, and sulfide mine 150ft from the Menominee River Which forms the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan.
-The Menominee River is the largest river system in the Upper Peninsula with a 4000 sq mile drainage system.
- The Menominee River is culturally significant as a major prehistoric travel corridor for indigenous peoples and the source of Creation for the Menominee Indian Tribe.
- The Menominee River watershed supports sturgeon spawning, strong populations of small mouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and trout.
-Dewatering the mine pit can lower ground water levels around the mine harming the Shakey Lakes Savanna, a 1520 acre natural are, part of the Escanaba state forest.
-Metallic sulfide mines in the United States will pollute up to 27 million gallons of fresh water per year. The main reason is acid mine drainage which occurs when mineral deposits containing sulfides are exposed to the air and water during excavation.
-The mine poses a major threat to the Menominee Indian Tribe's cultural resources, 22 of there known cultural sites are within the project area. Including Burial mounds, prehistoric garden beds and prehistoric village sites.

These are just a few of the many startling issues with the Back 40 Mine...

Please share this event with those you think would be interested in this issue as well to join the team.

Earlier Event: March 10
Native Nations March On Green Bay
Later Event: March 25
1st Annual Waterways Walk Benefit