Open-pit Coal Mining is Making the Kootenai Toxic

Kootenai River, BC, ID, MT | Seattle.roamer

Kootenai River, BC, ID, MT | Seattle.roamer

The Kootenai River starts in British Columbia and flows into the Columbia River. The river provides critical habitat for rare and threatened native fish like white sturgeon, bull trout, and westslope cutthroat trout. It also plays a vital role in maintaining adequate water flows for several endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River.

However, coal mining in British Columbia is creating runoff and waste that is threatening the water quality, and fish and wildlife in the Kootenai River in Montana and Idaho. To stop this, the State Department needs to engage an international commission to put a moratorium on the mining until they can investigate the downstream impacts from the open-pit coal mines.

Take Action Today!

Ask U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to request the engagement of the International Joint Committion (IJC) to address water pollution issues in the Kootenai River.

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