Rochester Community and Technical College
A Looming Threat to America's Most Popular Wilderness - the BWCAW
#: CBEP   ID: 9154   Section: 081921C19  
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness ("BWCA") is the largest federally-designated Wilderness east of the Rockies and north of the Everglades. The pristine and undeveloped matrix of lakes, rivers and forests is a fascinating ecosystem that is America's most visited Wilderness. This is the home to moose, Canada lynx, lake trout, goshawks and hundreds of other iconic northwoods species. A robust economy has developed around the area by businesses supporting the wilderness adventurer, by youth and Scout camps, and by seasonal and permanent homeowners wanting to be near this iconic northwoods. Now, however, all of this is threatened by a proposed sulfide-ore copper mine on the edge of the BWCA. A Chilean company - Antofagasta - is proposing to scrape bare 2 square miles of land in the watershed of the Boundary Waters, and adjacent Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River that flows right into the BWCA. The EPA has called this type of mining the "most toxic in the US", and the toxic runoff and devastating terrestrial impacts will forever change this area. Hear what the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is doing to protect this crown jewel of Minnesota."  (
Bring to Class:
Online via Zoom, link will be sent via email prior to the class
10:00 AM
Registration Cutoff Date:
Dates & Times:
8/19/2021   10:00AM - 11:00AM