The Nina Moose River is lined with tall stalks of wild rice that are starting to bend under the weight of the ripening kernels of goodness. Soon the ricing season will be upon us. Wild rice has been a staple for this region’s native people for centuries and it remains an important food source and connection to the land for many people.
Clean water is vital to wild rice and even small amounts of pollution can decimate the rice. The sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed in Northern Minnesota threaten to pollute our lakes and rivers, and in turn threaten the wild rice and many other aspects of this fragile ecosystem.