Wisconsin's former Governor and US Senator
Founder of Earth Day
Namekagon River Gathering
May 10th, 2003
in Springbrook in Northwest Wisconsin
view full coverage of the event click here
Back in 1965, Senators Gaylord Nelson and Walter Mondale, along with members of the Lac Courte
Oreilles Chippewa Tribe and 138 canoeists, paddled the Namekagon River
to draw attention to the fact that the river should remain "Wild and Scenic".
In 1968 Senator Gaylord Nelson helped the Namekagon become a protected river under the federally designated "Wild
and Scenic" Act, administered by the National Parks Service.
Now, the American Transmission Company wants to run a huge 345,000 volt bulk transfer
high voltage transmission line across the river with steel towers reaching 15 stories tall.
Gaylord Nelson says the plan is a "bad idea" and that there should be "no line" across the
Namekagon. Nelson joined hundreds of canoeists from throughout the region.
Sponsored by The River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Stewardship Network,
SOUL, Save Our Unique Lands, WI Environmental Decade, Anishinaabe Niijii/Protect The Earth.
Gaylord Nelson speak about the Namekagon Rive...
the web site of the Superior Broadcast Network
To learn more about the Flooded Cree Lands and social impact of the source of the electricity for this proposed "Duluth" transmission line and to
view photos of Gaylord Nelson on the Namekagon visit the web site of
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Gaylord Nelson's latest book,
"Beyond Earth Day"
Another interesting pro-active and
pro-earth initiative similar to the one that brought Gaylord Nelson
to the Namekagon is the
7th Generation Amendment
(Become involved. Help protect our land with this proposed amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America)