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Protect Montana's Smith River from Copper Mining
Massive Copper Mine Proposal Would Degrade the Smith River’s Water Quality and Wild Trout Fishery
A copper mining company wants to build a massive copper mine at the headwaters of Montana's Smith River. This mine would have a significant potential to ruin the Smith’s water quality and harm its nationally renowned wild trout fishery through acid mine drainage, contamination with toxic heavy metals, and nutrient pollution.
Not only is the Smith one of the most cherished rivers in Montana for fishing, but it also generates $4.5 million annually for outfitters and surrounding communities who play host to thousands of recreationists.
Ask Montana Governor Steve Bullock to protect the Smith River by directing his state agencies not to issue any permits for the mine unless it can be developed in a manner that eliminates any possibility of degrading the river’s water quality and wild trout fishery.