Mining companies plan to excavate a series of nickel strip mines in the pristine tributaries of the Wild and Scenic Smith River and other rivers in the heart of California and Oregon’s much loved Wild Rivers Coast. Despite overwhelming opposition, the outdated 1872 Mining Law prioritizes these nickel mines over clean drinking water, salmon fisheries and recreation!
The good news is that thanks to the leadership of Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Defazio of Oregon and Huffman of California, the Obama Administration is considering a proposal to protect these wild rivers by temporarily withdrawing them from mining while Congress considers legislation—the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act—for more lasting protection. What’s at stake?
- Clean drinking water
- Safeguarding Redwood National and State Parks
- Protecting wild salmon runs of the Wild Rivers Coast
- The integrity of our Wild and Scenic River system
The Obama Administration is taking comments on the proposed mineral withdrawal right now. Please take a moment to send an email or letter of support today. Simply click here for an email form that takes just a minute to complete.
Add your voice to the chorus of others demanding that the crystal clear, salmon-studded waters of these wild rivers remain free from toxic pollution! Sign today.