The Door County Environmental Council and Kayak Tours Door County launched a water protest in Sturgeon Bay Thursday afternoon of the planned Back 40 Mine in near-by Stephenson, Michigan.
The groups say the project will pollute the Menominee River, and eventually the Bay of Green Bay, which will be catastrophic to the ecosystem.
Organizers tell Local Five that the Bay of Green Bay is essential to Door County’s tourism industry.
“Door County’s tourism depends on the water,” Paul Leline of the Door County Environmental Council said. “People come here to be at the water, especially spend time near the water, and if we have acid slowly eroding the integrity of the bay, it’s going to have an effect on the businesses, our tourism.”
Canadian-owned Aquila Resources says that the mine will bring jobs to the area.