Today, the Boundary Waters Action Fund posted our latest video by former Maryland Congressman, John Delaney. “As president, I will permanently protect the Boundary Waters, by banning sulfide-ore mining on public lands,” DeLaney said.
Delaney received a 94 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters while in Congress including a score of 100 percent in both 2016 and 2017. In his final year in Congress (2018) before retiring, Congressman Delaney voted against a number of bad bills or amendments for land, water, and wildlife conservation. A few of those votes were:
An amendment by Republicans to undermine protections for the Chesapeake Bay,
An amendment by Republicans to undermine the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and
An amendment by Republicans to undermine the Environmental Review of Forestry Projects.
With just under three months until the Iowa Caucuses, the Boundary Waters Action Fund is excited to have begun receiving commitments to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed from sulfide-ore copper mining. Our goal is for every presidential candidate to pledge their support for this cause through a video.
The Superior National Forest, which is home to the Boundary Waters, consists of 20 percent of all the fresh water in the National Forest system and over 155,000 people visit this area each year for a world class recreation experience. The proposed Twin Metals mine is a direct threat to their annual trips as well as to the local economy in Northern Minnesota, which depends on tourism.
Protection from harmful industry is absolutely necessary and we look forward for more candidates for president to pledge their support.