Hundreds spell out message to "protect our waters" on Lake Superior ice

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 10:53 PM CDT

Washburn, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Close to 200 people took part in sending a unique message about protecting the waters of Lake Superior over the weekend.

The "Bodies on the Ice" effort brought people together in Washburn to spell out a message they say is in defense of the area's surrounding water bodies.

Hundreds of people got down on the frozen lake to spell out the message: "S.O.S. Protect Our Water."

Participants say the aim of the message is to call attention to G–Tac's proposal of mining the hills of the Penokee Range, in Wisconsin.

Environmental advocates say the project runs the risk of polluting the Bad River Watershed, among other things.

Proponents say the mine would bring an economic boom to the region.

Billy Wagness