SAY NO TO COPPER MINING IN THE HEADWATERS OF MONTANA'S SMITH RIVER
Montana’s renowned Smith River is one of the most cherished rivers in Montana and generates $10 million annually for fishing outfitters and surrounding communities.
The Smith is threatened by a proposed underground copper mine along and beneath Sheep Creek, the river’s largest tributary. If the mine is built, there is significant potential to degrade the Smith’s water quality, potentially destroying a treasured wild trout fishery with acid mine drainage, contamination from toxic heavy metals, nutrient pollution, and drying up critical fish habitat. This mine is not worth the risk.
Take Action: Submit a scoping comment asking the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to evaluate the possibility of the proposed mine degrading the Smith River’s water quality and wild trout fishery, tourism and outdoor recreation economy, water quantity and quality in Sheep Creek, and the potential for much of the headwaters of the Smith River to become an industrialized mining zone in the future.