Advocating and educating for the benefit of all Livingkind now and for generations to come. Clean Air Water and Soil is our CAWS. If we all protected OUR CAWS above all else our quality of life and food supply would be sustaining. If CAWS was a political platform we would transform the world.
Amigos Bravos is a nationally recognized statewide river conservation organization guided by social justice principles and dedicated to preserving and restoring the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s rivers and watersheds. Our mission is to return New Mexico’s rivers to drinkable quality wherever possible; to see that natural flows are maintained and that artificial flows are regulated to protect and reclaim river ecosystems; to preserve and restore native riparian biodiversity; to support environmentally sound and sustainable traditional ways of life; and to ensure that environmental and social justice go hand-in-hand.
The Governor of Virginia established a special Uranium Working Group in 2012 to write conceptual regulations for uranium mining, an industry that has been banned in Virginia since 1984. His action, which advances the uranium mining industry in Virginia, is an affront to very well-documented voter opposition to the plan to mine and mill uranium in Virginia’s water-rich and flood-prone environment, and a flagrant violation of the 28-year-old statewide ban on uranium mining in Virginia. The proposal to mine and mill uranium at Coles Hill has alarmed citizens and municipal governments throughout Virginia as well as in the portion of North Carolina receiving waters from the Roanoke River Basin, which is downstream of the proposed mine/mill site and vulnerable to contamination from fugitive heavy metals and radioactivity. Over 30 municipal governments have passed resolutions in Virginia and North Carolina supporting the continuation of Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Over 10,000 citizens have signed a petition supporting keeping the ban.
Although a recent graduate in doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, I am a long term Yukon resident and my consulting company CCSG Associates has been involved in a variety of diverse mining related projects, research, advocacy, policy and regulation development, grassroots organizing and outreach in northern, national and international contexts. I have held it as my goal to work as a translator between academia, industry, policy and community-based values to achieve substantive work that has meaning on many different levels, with my skills as a researcher on the ground and in the books with a local focus.
The Center is focused on protecting imperiled species and special places from the adverse impacts of mining, including the area surrounding Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior in Minnesota.
We are a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental and economic impacts that proposals to mine uranium would have on northern Colorado. After much research and investigation, we are convinced uranium mining projects will have dire consequences for our area and set a dangerous precedent for the entire state of Colorado. Our goal is to prevent uranium mining in northern Colorado and protect our valuable resources, especially water, for future generations.
Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We’re working for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources as well as our communities.
E&CL is dedicated to providing free, direct, and experienced legal representation and expertise to communities gropus as they seek to participate in regulation of energy development and in the protection of natural resources and human health. E&CL focuses on mitigating or eliminating the impacts from mining, processing, disposal, transportation, and development of energy minerals–including uranium and synthetic/nonconventional fossil fuels.
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a Minnesota non-profit conservation organization with the mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Hardrock mineral exploration is increasing across northeastern Minnesota, and proposed projects at the edges of the wilderness threaten the region’s clean water, cultural resources, and tourism and outdoor recreation economies.
The GP Task Force has been working on the issue of mining near Mount St. Helens since early 2005 when an Idaho based company sought a lease permit for mining of copper, gold and molybdenum 12 miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. In 2010, a Canadian company, Ascot Resource Ltd., purchased an option agreement for the mineral survey area and is seeking to conduct exploratory drilling. The mineral survey area is 12 miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The land and a 50% mineral ownership was obtained by the United States Forest Service using Land and Water Conservation Funds to aid in the preservation of the integrity of the Green River prior to entering the National Volcanic Monument, and [ ] aid in the preservation of the scenic beauty of this area which is to become an important Monument portal.
The mission of High County Citizens’ Alliance is to champion the protection, conservation and preservation of the natural ecosystems within the Upper Gunnison River Basin. We achieve our goals by integrating expert analysis and scientific research with environmental education, informed debate and policy participation.
Our area is impacted by abandoned lead and zinc mines, affecting a two-county area and ten Indian tribes. Mountains of tailings piles and acid mine water drainage impacts a large downstream area and lake.
MCEA is working with the legislature and agencies to ensure that the highest environmental standards are applied to proposed sulfide mine projects. MCEA partners with Friends of the Boundary Waters and Conservation Minnesota on the Mining Truth campaign.
The NMELC is the only legal organization in New Mexico that focuses exclusively on representing low-income communities and communities of color in environmental disputes. A large part of the work NMELC does is representing communities impacted by uranium mining and processing in their efforts to resist new uranium mining and force clean-up of legacy waste.
NMMAN is a nationally recognized collaborative effort to implement and strengthen the mine permitting and reclamation requirements of the New Mexico Mining Act. NMMAN’s mission is to be a statewide advocate for: restoration of community land and water affected by mining; enforcement of the NM Mining Act and of relevant water quality and quantity laws; and promotion of economic alternatives for mining-impacted communities.
OHA works to minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn gold mine operations and exploration, improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands and increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issue.
Rivers Without Borders has been striving to protect the wild intact watersheds and rich ecological and cultural values of the British Columbia-Alaska transboundary region since 1999. We engage First Nations, commercial fishermen, scientists, environmental organizations, government, community leaders, media, and others to advance our conservation vision for this vast, remote, and spectacular area.
TAC is dedicated to protecting the environment from the harmful effects of uranium exploration, mining and milling. The organization attempts to do that by advocating for legislation, educating the public and bringing legal challenges against individuals or private entities or governmental bodies which pose a threat or fail to follow the laws that protect citizens against those hazards.
The mission of Tennessee Riverkeeper is to protect the Tennessee River and its tributaries by enforcing environmental laws and educating the public. The communities of the Tennessee Valley are all interconnected neighbors upstream and downstream and everyone needs clean water, whether you’re black or white, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat. We advocate for the watershed to ensure that future generations will inherit safe, clean water in their communities.
WaterLegacy, a grassroots 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2009 by citizens concerned that proposed copper-nickel sulfide mining in Northern Minnesota would destroy wetlands, kill wild rice, increase neurotoxic mercury in fish, contaminate water, harm an economy based on high resource values, and impair Ojibwe tribal rights and resources.
Now with 3,000 members, our approach combines:
Grassroots OUTREACH to educate and mobilize civic participation
Professional COACHING of citizen experts so they can be effective advocates in government decision-making process
Rigorous legal ADVOCACY at every stage of rulemaking, litigation, environmental review, and regulatory enforcement
PARTNERSHIPS with tribes, other environmental groups, and local citizen leaders
West Coast Environmental Law is dedicated to safeguarding BC’s environment through law, including collaborating with a wide range of communities and interests on pressing for strong mining laws and/or in opposing particular mines.
The Western Environmental Law Center is a non-profit public interest law firm that works to protect and restore western wildlands and advocates for healthy environments on behalf of communities throughout the West. WELC is using the power of the law to phase out coal mining in the American West.
WMAP provides free legal services for citizen groups and Native American tribes on hardrock mining issues in the Western U.S. and Alaska. WMAP represents clients before federal and state court, and administrative agencies, challenging specific mining proposals, as well as more general challenges to government regulations.
The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council seeks to educate the public about the consequences of allowing international mining corporations to develop a new mining district in northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.