The the Smith River has seen large algae blooms the last several summers, and the DEQ is finally addressing it. Next summer permit holders will be asked to help document the algae problem and report it back to the DEQ. Read the whole story here.
This problem highlights the stress the Smith River watershed is already under. Placing a mine at the headwaters will only exacerbate the existing problems.
On Monday, September 18th, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced that it will begin review of the Black Butte Copper Project under the Montana Environmental Policy Act. This is a year plus long process that must include public comment and public hearings. Stay tuned for updates on when and where these public hearings will be.
On Monday, August 14th the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informed Tintina Resources that its application for a permit to mine has met its completeness and compliance review. This is just the beginning of a long permitting process.
For 30 days during the month of September, Trout Unlimited will be celebrating public lands by highlighting 30 American Places. Of course, the Smith River was picked as one of them. Follow and read up on this public land celebration here!
Join us and help save the Smith River.