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Lecture series on open pit mining starts today at Sigurd Olson Institute in Ashland
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute is hosting a year-long lecture series on issues about a potential open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills. WRNC's Celeste Lourigan reports.
Northland College President Mike Miller says the college and the Institute have hosted a number of mining lectures and forums in the past couple years. He says this partnership and series is another effort to educate people about issues that may come up with an iron mine in the Penokee Range.
"So our role as an educational institution about teaching, learning, open consideration of ideas, and being pretty objective about it, allows those things to happen here in way that doesn't get discounted."
Miller says they've collected lecture ideas from community members with topics covering tribal law, county ordinances and water. Matt Hudson is the watershed program coordinator at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Hudson will give the first lecture about how an iron mine may affect the Bad River Watershed. Hudson says he'll speak about the basics of watersheds.
"And water resources in general and then talk about the Bad River Watershed a little bit and what some of the unique characteristics are. And then talk about more specifically this issue that's very important to us locally, this potential for ferrous mining in the headwaters of the Bad River Watershed."
Elizabeth Alexson is a senior at Northland College and a research scientist at the Institute. Alexson and Hudson researched stream flows and temperatures in the Bad River Watershed this past summer. Alexson says a mine could change that.
"Some of the streams could disappear. They could change from cold water to warm water."
Alexson and Hudson say that would be due in part to overburden from the mine.
All events in the mining series are free and open to the public.
Hudson will speak in Sentry Room at the SOEI today at 4 p.m. Tom Fitz will speak about recent findings on the mineral deposits in the proposed mining area November 7.
(Celeste Lourigan is a Northland College student and news intern at WRNC-FM)
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