St Louis River Estuary

Copyright Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

Refineries, paper mills, wastewater plants, lumber companies, paint factories, steel furnaces, and meat-packing plants all lined the St. Louis River Estuary at one point, and, before it was illegal to do so, dumped their waste directly into the river.

The Nature Conservancy

Last June, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found that the "final" Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Line 3 project was inadequate because it did not address the potential impacts of an oil spill on Lake Superior. The "revised final" EIS was released last week, and it's not good news for the St. Louis River Estuary: the same estuary that's seen the investment of millions of dollars and thousands of hours to repair habitats there.