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Michigan Sulfide Ore Mining Issue

Sierra Club Foundation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $75,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Oakland, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

This grant will enable the Sierra Club Foundation to support the work of its Mackinac chapter in developing a protective set of sulfide ore mining standards and secure sulfide ore mine permits that protect Michigan’s freshwater resources. Recent mining proposals pose a serious risk to the streams and rivers, as well as the associated forest and wetland habitats, of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Unfortunately, the state of Michigan does not have a current program to manage the impacts of sulfide ore mining.Funding will enable the Sierra Club to participate in the development process of administrative rules for sulfide ore mining activities; support protective permits; promote the adoption of policies to protect the coaster brook trout; monitor water quality on vulnerable waterways; and build broad public support for environmental protection.The Sierra Club Foundation was established in 1960 to advance the preservation and protection of the environment by providing grassroots organizations with needed resources.