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MENOMINEE RIVER UPDATE REPORT:

Letter to the Editor: May 9th, 2022

Aquila Resources has transferred its interests in the Back Forty project west
of Stephenson, Michigan, to Gold Resource Corporation (GORO) of Denver, CO.
Those of you who had purchased Aquila stock have already received your transfer
letter informing investors of significantly reduced share numbers and value.
Dr. Al Gedicks, my wife, Lea Jane, and I met in person with Allen Palmiere,
CEO, and Kim Perry, CFO, of Gold Resource Corporation, in Menominee,
Michigan on April 7th, 2022.

They informed us of their intentions to proceed with plans to revive the Back
Forty Project. We told them that our position has not changed, and we will
continue to challenge every permit application, in court, if necessary.
They were not aware of the eight counties, including Menominee County, that
has passed resolutions opposing the Back Forty project.

Allen stated that the Back Forty had all four permits, and Dr. Gedicks corrected
him since the only permit Aquila fully possessed was the NPDES permit for the
discharge of 1.52 million gallons of water back into the Menominee River per day.
Other permits were not fully granted because they were challenged in legally
contested cases. They also did not have the Dam Safety Permit that, according to
EGLE of Michigan is definitely necessary before a shovel ever hits the ground.
After a very thorough two-hour discussion, I asked Allen and Kim to participate
in a Public Forum. Allen agreed to participate after the Feasibility Study
and the mine design are completed, along with final permission from the Security
Exchange Commission.

The format of the Public Forum will be a large venue, with a custom sound
system so that everyone can hear the dialog. The panel will consist of Gold
Resource representatives, our panel of scientific experts, and other notable guests.
All news media will be invited, including TV, radio, newspapers, social media, and
prominent documentarians for historical preservation. The public will be invited,
and the second half of the Forum will be established for questions from the public.
Because the threat of sulfide mining affects everyone in this watershed, and we
all are consumers of clean water, people must have the opportunity to have their
questions answered truthfully.

The Coalition continues to stand vigilant to protect the Menominee River.
Submitted by Dale Burie,
Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.
www.jointherivercoalition.org

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Booth at the F3T Fly Fishing Film Festival

The Coalition will have a booth at the F3T Fly Fishing Film Festival, Meyer Theater, Green Bay, Wi. February 23, 2022, at 7:30 pm.

The Coalition will have a table at the Green Bay event on February 23rd. Coalition Volunteers will be prepared to discuss the Menominee River issue, offer brochures, T-shirts, and other materials to guests at this event.

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 www.jointherivercoalition.org to make your donation.

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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 www.jointherivercoalition.org 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

“ WATER CELEBRATION “FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021 STEPHENSON ISLAND, WISCONSIN

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 
2:30 pm:  BLESSING OF THE WATERS 

                    CEREMONY

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.

website:   www.jointherivercoalition.org
email:  jointherivercoalition@gmail.com

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PROTECT YOUR STATE LANDS NOW !!!

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
outdoors.

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 babcockk4@michigan.gov
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.

PLEASE DO IT NOW !!

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.