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2022 Fly Fishing Tour

The Coalition to Save the Menominee River is proud to support the 2022 Fly Fishing Film tour (F3T).  It has supported F3T events since 2018.

The Coalition continues to work on protecting the Menominee River, the Green Bay area of Lake Michigan, and the local environment from a proposed open pit and underground metallic sulfide mine.  Location is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula directly on its Menominee River shoreline.  

The mining process requires excavating sulfide-containing ore that will get exposed to air and water.  This exposure produces Acid Mine Drainage that will flow into the Menominee River, Lake Michigan, and nearby groundwater sources from rainfall, snowmelt, wetlands, etc.  Once Acid Mine Drainage starts it’s impossible to stop, so this contamination will continue forever.

Help us protect the Menominee River and Lake Michigan by making a financial donation to the Coalition.  Go to to make your donation.

Thank you.

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Menominee River Water Celebration!

A FREE event, open to the public, to protect our water and sacred sites from the threat posed by the Back Forty Mine project.

Come join us Friday, July 16 at 12:00 noon at Stephenson Island, 1680 Bridge St., Marinette, WI, to celebrate and bless the Menominee River – with participation by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the Indigenous Caucus of the Western Mining Action Network, and the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

A special ceremony will be held by members of the Menominee Nation to bless the waters of the Menominee River – which is their namesake River and the location of many sites sacred to the Tribe.

The celebration continues with updates on the mining threat facing the Menominee River, including a keynote speaker and longtime environmental advocate 

Dr. Al Gedicks of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council.

Music – Larry Mullins & band will present river songs and showcase the three custom-built guitars to be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Entitled the “River’s Edge Trio,” these guitars were handcrafted by Warren McKenney, appraised at $4,500, and the winning ticket will receive all three guitars!  Proceeds from ticket sales go to support the mission of the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

Dorothy’s Haven of Hope will provide food at the event.  Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, brats, hot dogs, chips, soda, and water will be available for sale,

as a fundraiser for Haven of Hope.

Because we appreciate all our valued supporters of the Menominee River, the first 100 people in attendance will receive a coupon for a FREE hot dog!  Please go to the Coalition booth next to the stage for your coupon.  

The event will conclude with a Bridge Walk – mine protestors walking with signs to show opposition to plans that could endanger sacred sites and the health of both the River and residents or visitors to the area. 

Mark your calendar for July 16 – we would love to see you there!

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Water Celebration


12:00 Noon:  Event Opening: Bring Your Lawn Chairs
1:30 pm:  Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Al Gedicks
1:50 pm:  Western Mining Action: Network (WMAN) Speech
2:10 pm:  Menominee Nation Speech 


3:30 pm:  “River’s Edge Trio”: Performance & Raffle Drawing
Custom-Built Guitars appraised at  $4,500.00

4:00 pm: Bridge Walk w/ Signs to the demonstration site

6:00 pm:   Return to Stephenson Island to Adjourn, with our Thanks !!

Sponsored By:  Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.


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History Lesson:
The very same man who drilled multiple test holes along the Menominee
River in Lake Township in 2002 has now applied for a Mineral Lease on 1,640
acres in Holmes Township, Menominee County, Michigan, through his new
company Great Lakes Exploration, Inc. This man’s discovery of minerals in
Lake Township caused a start-up company from Toronto, Canada, named
Aquila Resources, to come into our area with big pipe dreams of high-paying
jobs and wealth for all.

For the past 19 years, Aquila has struggled to obtain the necessary permits
from the State of Michigan and spent $100,000,000, mostly paying themselves
six-digit salaries; and, still, they are struggling to obtain those required
permits. What is even worse, Aquila manipulated the public into believing
their fairytale and accepted millions of dollars for the paper stock from our
friends, families, neighbors, and local citizens. As of today, Aquila stock is
$.05 per share and they continue to seek investors. Aquila was halted by the
“Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada” (IIROC) when
they recently tried to issue a $10,000,000 Appeal from additional investors.

And now, the same man who initiated the Aquila project is attempting to
implement exploratory drilling in Holmes Township. We must STOP this
Mineral Lease grant to Great Lakes Exploration, Inc. Those 1,640 acres of
State land belongs to the people of Michigan for hunting, snowmobiling,
camping, hiking, and simply enjoying the peace and tranquility of the

I believe in “Of the People, By the People, and For the People.”
Please contact the Mineral Leasing Division of Michigan at 517-284-5850.

Or write to the DNR-Minerals Management Section
P.O. Box 30452
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Or email Ken Babcock at
Tell them you strictly oppose this lease application from
Great Lakes Exploration, Inc., and request a Public Hearing!

The deadline for public comments is APRIL 25, 2021.


Dale Burie, President
Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

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Local Environmental Group Receives International Award for their efforts

March 24, 2021

For Immediate Release:

A local environmental group was honored this week with an international award for their efforts to protect the Menominee River. The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Menominee River safe from the threat of an open pit metallic sulfide mine,  received the 2020 Freshwater Hero Award.  The award, given by Freshwater Future., a non-profit organization based in Petoskey, Michigan, honors and celebrates everyday people who jump into action to solve the most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes. 

The award  features a miniature canoe and is inscribed with the following:

  Fresh Water Hero Award

                  In grateful acknowledgment for your outstanding contributions COALITION TO SAVE THE MENOMINEE and exceptional efforts to ensure the healthy future of our water in the Great Lakes region.

                                Jill M. Ryan, Executive Director 2021

Dale Burie, President of the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. issued this statement:

“We are humbled to receive this award from Freshwater Future,”

“They have been one of our many mentors and have stood by us during our mission” stated Burie.

“We accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers, donors, and leaders who have accepted huge responsibilities to help the Coalition forge ahead to protect the Menominee River for the generations to come”. added Dale Burie, President.

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Song: Our Great Menominee River, Amen

During the Stay-At-Home pandemic, Lea Jane and Dale Burie of ‘Tater Patch Recording Studio in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, have released their new river awareness song called “Our Great Menominee River, Amen.” Written by Elaine Mayer of Stephenson, Michigan, the song has a strong lyrical message that illustrates the passion of people in Menominee, Marinette, and many other counties who stand firm to protect the beautiful historical legacy of the Menominee River.

Lea Jane wrote the music score, played piano and bass, and sang all the harmonies on the project. Dale supplied the guitar tracks, drums, and the lead vocals. They shared engineering duties and completed the recording session. Dale Burie stated, “It was a labor of love for the preservation of one of our region’s most valuable assets, the Menominee River.”

Everyone is invited to share the song with friends via Facebook, emails, etc., as an encouragement to protect our natural resources. Use of the song is FREE and is available here or on Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. FB page.

Please donate if your heart is with us!

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.
P.O. Box 475
Marinette WI 54143

Thank you.

Our Great Menominee River, Amen



From the hidden springs of water
In our Upper Michigan,
Wisconsin waters rush to join in
To that sparkling band of water
That’s been there forever.
She’s our great Menominee River, Amen!


We have vowed to defend her
As her enemies go after
All the treasures that lie deep within.
We will fight to protect her
From those who don’t respect her,
Our great Menominee River, Amen!


She has carried life within her,
Run the paper mills beside her,
She’s moved big timber down from the hills.
All the tribes and trappers
Have their history within her,
Our great Menominee River, Amen. (CHORUS)


Those foreign hands will kill her
If we don’t band together.
She doesn’t stand a chance on her own.
There is strength in numbers;
United we can save her,
Our great Menominee River, Amen!

TAG: She’s our great Menominee River, Amen!


Just watch her water flowing.
In the morning sun she’s glowing,
Our great Menominee River, Amen!