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Michigan Sulfide Ore Mining Project

Sierra Club Foundation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2007
  • Location Oakland, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

In light of proposed sulfide ore mining activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which pose a serious risk to the region’s freshwater resources, the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club has been working to develop a protective set of sulfide ore mining standards for the state. Multiyear funding will enable the Michigan chapter to review specific sulfide ore mining proposals; monitor water quality in nearby rivers; advocate for protection of the coaster brook trout, a rare species that spawns in the area where mining is likely; and educate the public about issues related to sulfide ore mining.During the past year, the chapter has helped create a state policy on sulfide ore mining; worked with volunteer water quality monitors to establish baseline water quality data for streams that may be affected by future mining activities; and endeavored to inform its members and the public about the risks associated with sulfide ore mining and the need for protective standards.