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The public is welcome to our regular Social/Educational meetings 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Chapter House,
8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park

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Walter J. Breckenridge Chapter Izaak Walton League of America


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Grant Merritt

Iron and Water: My life protecting America's environment


The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Agency were born at the national level in the 1970s. In Minnesota, the Pollution Control Agency was formed as an independent agency headed by an independent board of citizen directors. A copper-mining moratorium was imposed. And Reserve Mining Co. was ordered by federal judges to stop dumping 67,000 tons of taconite tailing mine waste into Lake Superior every day. Duluth native Grant Merritt didn't just have a window seat to this environmental awakening, he was helping drive the bus.

Merritt has chronicled his life of environmental activism, DFL politics and legal battles in his new autobiography titled Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment. First as a private attorney for grassroots, nonprofit groups working to protect Lake Superior, and then as the first commissioner of the independent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Merritt helped lead the battle to stop Reserve from dumping tailings into Lake Superior. He is keen to see how both his family's effort to develop the iron mining industry in Minnesota and his efforts to thwart a mining company's pollution of Lake Superior are equal examples of how one family, one person can make a difference on a huge scale. 

“The story of Reserve Mining is one of a pivotal battle and ultimate decision that altered environmental legislation on a national scale. It stands today as a historic example and illustration of the power of citizen and political advocacy.” For folks who lived through the stories, it's a reminder of how things have changed, as Merritt would say, some for the better, some not. 

The public is welcome to this social/educational meeting on November 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Chapter House of the Izaak Walton League of America, 8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park. For more information call 763-421-6781.


Sunday, January 20, 2019
Annual Winter Party
Melonie Shipman

Audubon Center of the North Woods Co-Director


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Jay Gustafson

Minnesota State Water Trails



Thank you to local photographer Marlene Sternberger who has given us permission to post some of her wildlife photographs. All of them were taken in the Coon Rapids Dam area in Brooklyn Park.



Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Chapter House, 8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN (three miles north of the junction of Highway 252 and Interstate 694). Telephone: 763-561-5364.

Social/Educational Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. They are free of charge and the public is cordially invited to attend. Members of the Minneapolis Audubon Chapter join us for our summer meetings and programs are planned jointly.

Board of Directors meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.



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