August 9, 2018
Boundary Waters Action Fund weighs in on DFL gubernatorial primary
New organization dedicated to protecting the wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters certifies Boundary Waters Champions ahead of August 14 primary
ELY, MN—The Boundary Waters Action Fund, a new 501(c)4 dedicated to protecting the wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters, announced its “Boundary Waters Champions” ahead of the contested DFL primary for Minnesota Governor.
“The Boundary Waters is Minnesota’s crown jewel and one of the most ecologically diverse, pristine, and yet also fragile, ecosystems in the world,” said Action Fund Director Jeremy Drucker. “It’s America’s most popular wilderness – a world-class hunting, fishing and paddling destination for Minnesotans, Americans, and travelers from all over the world. The BWCA is also a major economic engine driving hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly economic activity.
“Boundary Waters Champions are those candidates who are committed to protecting this unique Minnesota icon from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining within its watershed.”
Seventy percent of Minnesota voters do not want sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters, including 90 percent of DFLers. By a 40 to 1 margin DFLers prefer the candidate who will continue Governor Dayton’s ban on sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters.
In its first round of certifications this election cycle Boundary Waters Action certifies State Rep. Erin Murphy and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz as Boundary Waters Champions.
Both candidates support the ongoing US Forest Service study to determine the environmental, economic, and social harm of sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters, and have shown they clearly understand the issue and what is at stake. Rep. Walz also stood against devastating anti-Boundary Waters legislation in congress last year.
“Erin Murphy and Tim Walz have shown through both word and action that they recognize the absolute uniqueness of the Boundary Waters, the threat posed by sulfide-ore copper mining in its watershed, and the critical importance of protection,” said Drucker. “We are confident that under either of their leadership the Boundary Waters will be protected.”
The Boundary Waters Action Fund will be communicating the names of these Boundary Water Champions to its list of over 75,000 Minnesota voters. In 2010 Mark Dayton won the last competitive three way DFL gubernatorial primary by less than 7,000 votes. Dayton won the general election that year by less than 10,000 votes.
Additional certifications will be made in the coming weeks in other state and federal races across Minnesota.
The Boundary Waters Action Fund is a 501c(4) nonprofit non-partisan organization founded to permanently protect America’s most visited wilderness, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. Boundary Waters Action Fund supports candidates who are committed to protecting this Wilderness at the federal and state levels from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters.