This recent report evaluated the adequacy of water quality predictions and reclamation bonds at modern hardrock mines in Montana. Based on a review of government documents, water quality predictions made during mine permitting were wrong at 11 out of 12 mines (91.7% of mines). Not only were water quality predictions incorrect in nearly every case, but the water quality impacts were often severe, including contamination of drinking water, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, harm to private property and agricultural lands, and the formation of acid mine drainage that will cause lasting pollution that requires water treatment in perpetuity.
Since 1999, $77 million has been poured into healing this injured landscape at the Zortman-Landusky mine sites, almost $50 million coming in public money.
Plans are set! We will meet at 1pm and launch at 2pm on Saturday, August 25th. Launch sites will be:
1. Sha-Ron FAS on the Clark Fork
2. Meet at Sweetwater Fly Shop and launch from Carters Bridge on the Yellowstone
3. Wolf Creek Bridge FAS on the Missouri.
Bring your boat, tube, SUP, kayak, canoe, arm floaties or whatever else you can float on and show Montanan’s support I-186!
Dangerous mining chemicals abandoned at a lab in Norris shut down two major highways and caused the evacuation of the entire town. Thankfully, no one was injured. Thanks to the first responders and the EPA now dealing with the contamination.
Join us and help save the Smith River.