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Speak Up for Lake Superior’s Bad River Watershed - a Webinar

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar - Advance registration required

First Congregational UCC, Appleton, an ESTHER member, invites you to

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Zoom Webinar on Monday, February 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Satellite View of Lake SuperiorThis one-hour webinar explains the likely environmental and social impact of the proposed rerouting of Enbridge Line 5 in the Upper Peninsula near Bad River and describes how to register your opinion with the Wisconsin DNR. The program features a professor of environmental sciences and geology from Lawrence University and an Indigenous activist and Ashland County Supervisor from the Bad River Reservation.

You will learn:

  • What is included and what was omitted in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed re-routing of Enbridge Line 5
  • What to highlight in written responses to the WI DNR within the public response period (closing on March 4, 2022)
  • Resources and toolkits for effective letters to the WI DNR and government leaders

No charge. All are welcome. Advance registration required:

Guest speakers:

Marcia Bjornerud, professor of environmental studies and geosciences at Lawrence University, is a structural geologist. She has done field research in arctic and mainland Norway, arctic Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Italy and the Lake Superior region, including the Gogebic Range/Penokee Hills. She has worked pro bono with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in challenging two mining projects in the Lake Superior watershed. In 2008, she was an expert witness in an administrative court case against the Eagle copper-nickel sulfide mine northwest of Marquette, Michigan. In 2012, she prepared a report for GLIFWC on the potential environmental effects of a proposed mountaintop removal iron mining project in the Gogebic Range and testified about this at a hearing at the Wisconsin State Capitol. She is a mother of three sons, an avid cross-country skier, and a wild food forager—and once bicycled around Lake Superior with two friends (it took 13 days).

Philomena Kebec belongs to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She moved home 10 years ago to advocate for protection of watershed resources. Philomena is an elected Ashland County Supervisor and runs a small nonprofit,, that provides services to prevent overdose and infection for people who use drugs. (She would welcome financial support for her nonprofit.) Philomena is deeply knowledgeable about the Bad River watershed and its residents.

No charge. All are welcome. Advance registration required:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is sponsored by First Congregational UCC, Appleton with support from the Creation Care Team of the Wisconsin Conference UCC through a Kairos/Catalyst grant.

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