Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed
in its most natural state for the use of the public,
now, and for the benefit of future generations.

Mining Issues & Advocacy

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has taken a stand against threats to the watershed over the years including but not limited to: sedimentation, erosion, dangers associated with sulfide mining, and unsustainable resource management. We are developing tools to address these issues such as the Yellow Dog River Watershed Plannning Project which addresses nonpoint source pollution by involving the community. Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, it comes from many diffuse sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters (EPA). Also, according to the EPA, nonpoint source pollution is the leading remaining cause of water quality problems. 

Since 2003 the organization has dedicated years of time and resources to protecting the watershed from the multilayered threat of sulfide mining. The Eagle Project, a nickel and copper mine on the boundary of the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout watersheds, is discussed in depth on this website. If you would like to find out more information about mining in the State of Michigan, please visit the Superior Binational Forum. Furthermore, we meet and discuss issues with state congressman, city commissioners and township supervisors if it influences our mission, and we notify our membership. Federal tax laws allow every charitable organization to engage in some lobbying activities as long as they are an “insubstantial” amount. YDWP has filed the 501(h) election to ensure we can lobby lawfully without risk to our 501(c)3 status.