Lake Superior panel seeks input on mining

HOUGHTON – The Lake Superior Binational Forum is seeking public input about regional mining issues through an online survey, and the public comment opportunity ends today.

The forum – a diverse stakeholder group of 24 members from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario – will use the survey results to make recommendations and provide input to binational, state, provincial and indigenous governments that play a role in managing Lake Superior.

“It’s not the role of the forum to take a position on an issue such as mining or any human-made activities in the (Lake Superior) basin,” said Bruce Lindgren, U.S. co-chair of the forum. “However, it is our role to solicit public input from lake users about how they want the natural and human environments to be managed.”

The survey closes at 11:45 p.m. today and it consists of 12 questions, in addition to open forms for providing comments. It takes about five minutes to complete. Each participant can complete the survey once.

The results of the survey will be compiled along with public input from three public meetings about mining held within the last year in Marquette on Sept. 28 and in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A summary of the input will be posted on the forum website at superiorforum.org in mid-August.

“The forum’s role is to link the public – the lake users – with the binational and tribal governments and agencies that manage the lake,” said Lissa Radke, U.S. coordinator for the forum, which is based at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Wisconsin. “By forwarding public comments to governments, the forum is able to engage the public in the very important process of having a voice in the management of shared resources.”

The survey can be taken at superiorforum.org/mining/public-comment-mining-in-the-lake-superior-basin.