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Grassroots Organizing Bootcamp | MI?>

Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, 2014 | Marquette, MI

May 24, 2014, 10am-5pm

May 25, 2014, 11am-6pm

Presenters: Michelle Halley, Chuck Brumleve, Kathleen Heideman, Alexandra Thebert, and others.

Hosted by Save the Wild U.P., this 2-day training will focus on the science, problems, and policy of sulfide mining and effective ways to advocate for your community.

Space is limited for this free training. RSVP is required.

RSVP via email at,

or call (906) 662-9987

For additional information visit SWUP’s event page at,

Summer Fellowship with Save the Wild UP | MI?>

Applications Due | March 30, 2014

Save the Wild UP is offering summer fellowship opportunities during the summer 2014 Northern Michigan University semester. Course credit is available.

“Our Summer Fellows Program will get you out into the beautiful U.P. — holding events, exploring pristine wilderness and historic mining sites, door-knocking, reaching out to new people at concerts, community fests and more — all while giving you grassroots skills and experience to make a difference in your community!”

For more information visit the Save the Wild UP website at,

Or email at,

Eagle Mine Groundwater Permit Workshop | MI?>

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6pm (EST) | Peter White Public Library, Lower Level, classroom 3, Marquette, MI 49849

speakers: Jeffery Loman and Michelle Halley

In preparation for the MDEQ public hearing on March 25th, Save the Wild UP will host a permit workshop. Speakers will discuss the new draft groundwater discharge permit proposed for the Eagle Mine (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and its impact on your lakes, lands, and communities.

For more information visit the SWUP event page at,

Public Comment Period & Hearing on Eagle Mine Discharge Permit | MI?>

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6pm | Westwood High School, 300 S. Westwood Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849

Contact: Ms. Jeanette Bailey, 517-284-5571.

Public Comment Period Ends: April 1, 2014

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be conducting a Public Hearing to receive formal public comment on the reissuance of a Groundwater Discharge Permit for the Eagle Mine. The draft permit will authorize the discharge of a maximum 504,000 gallons per day (184,000,000 gallons per year) of mine contact water only to the ground and groundwater from their discharge areas. (MDEQ press release) Oral presentations will be limited to 5 minutes.

Additional public comments will be accepted until April 1, 2014. Comments should be submitted to: Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Permits Section, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909

To view the Groundwater Discharge Permit Application visit the MDEQ website here.

For more information and an analysis of the application visit the Save the Wild UP website here.

Save the Wild UP Open House | MI?>

Saturday, Feb., 22, 2014, 4-6pm | Java by the Bay, 10 N. Main St., L’Anse, MI 49946

Save the Wild U.P. is committed to protecting the unique culture and environment of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Join SWUP on Saturday, February 22nd to learn more about their work and how to get involved!

Speakers will include former federal oil regulator Jeffery Loman, SWUP President Kathleen Heideman, and SWUP Executive Director Alexandra Thebert.

For more information visit SWUP on Facebook at,

Keweenaw Copper (Highland Copper) Public Briefings | MI?>

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Calumet High School Commons Area, Calumet, MI
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Houghton High School Multipurpose Room, Houghton, MI

Contact: Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) at,

In 2012 Highland Copper Company, a Canadian mining corporation, through its U.S. subsidiary Keweenaw Copper Company began a mining project in Keweenaw County.  Test drilling is underway to determine the potential value of the ore body at two sites. Public briefings will be held at the dates and locations above.

For more information on the proposed project visit the Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) website at,

To read FOLK’s fact sheet, click here.

Public Comment Period Open on Torch Lake Superfund site | MI?>

The Michigan Department of Community Health has released two Public Health Assessments for the Torch Lake Superfund site and surrounding areas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for public comment.

Public Comment Period Begins: April 22, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: June 24, 2013

MDCH Open House & meeting: May 15, 2013, 4:30pm | Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, 601 Calumet St., Lake Linden, MI

According to the MDCH press release, “The assessments focus on breathing air that has stampsand dust in it, and potential exposure to the chemicals in the stampsands at beaches and by eating fish from the area.”

MDCH will host a multi-agency open house May 15 with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, followed by a public meeting to discuss the reports. The meeting will take place at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School located at 601 Calumet St. in Lake Linden. An open house will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and the public meeting will start at 7 p.m.

MDCH also invites the public to provide comments on the Public Health Assessments. The assessments are online at under “Health Assessments and Related Documents.” Copies are also available at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School Library, and the Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton. Responses to all comments will be provided in the final version of the assessments.

To read the full press release visit,–%2c00.html

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