• Led the international effort to stop taconite tailings from being dumped into Lake Superior.   
  • Successfully prevented plans to construct a petroleum transshipment facility in Superior, Wisconsin.   
  • Successfully helped stop a large scale boat launch, harbor and 1,000 foot breakwall from being built
    at Brighton Beach in Duluth, Minnesota.   
  • Successfully led the efforts to stop blasting of two waterfalls and construction of a 400 foot fish
    migration tunnel on Duluth's "scenic" waterfall at Lester River in Duluth, Minnesota.   
  • Helped prevent economic loss and environmental damage caused by Great Lakes winter navigation.   
  • Helped stop the environmentally destructive and economically infeasible dredging of the Duluth-
    Superior upper harbor.   


  • To prevent further degradation of Lake Superior and promote its rehabilitation
  • Preserve and protect Lake Superior from air and water pollution.   
  • Continue to oppose stocking of exotic game fish in Lake Superior.   
  • Support zero discharge of persistent toxic contaminants.   
  • Support efforts to eliminate chlorine discharge by the paper industry and others.   
  • Protect the integrity of natural land features of the North Shore.   
  • Educate the public about pollution and other threats to Lake Superior.  
Click on the videos below to see Judge Miles Lord discuss the Reserve Mining company tailings issue, and
Arlene Lehto discusses forming  SLSA.  (THE VIDEOS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE).
The purpose of this project is to record the oral history of a unique grassroots citizen organization as
remembered by the people who were directly involved.

These 7+ hour recordings are available through the
Northeast Minnesota Historical Center

The project included in-depth interviews with the following:
Arlene Lehto
Arnold Overby
Gary Glass
Grant Merritt
John Pegors
Judge Miles Lord
LeRoger Lind
Walter Sve
Save Lake Superior Association
The Save Lake Superior Association, begun in 1969, is the oldest citizen group working exclusively to
preserve and protect Lake Superior. It was organized to help stop the dumping of taconite tailings into Lake
Superior by Reserve Mining, whose tailings were threatening human health and contaminating the water and
aquatic life. It is cleaner today because of actions taken by SLSA.