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American Rivers has listed the Boundary Waters as one of 10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2013.
The 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most popular wilderness area in the country. The South Kawishiwi River, which flows into the Boundary Waters, is threatened by copper-nickel mining proposals by Twin Metals Minnesota and others on adjacent unprotected public lands.
There is a lot of controversy over this issue and there are views from each side.
You can read the full report about the current issue at hand over at American Rivers website.
Here is a summary from American Rivers as to why this is a threat to The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.