North Fork Smith River Threatened by Mining (CA/OR)
The North Fork Smith River needs your help. An international corporation has their sights set on developing a nickel strip mine on a tributary of Baldface Creek, which is a tributary of the North Fork Smith River. Both are whitewater gems with pristine water quality that also provide strong salmon and steelhead habitat and supply drinking water for residents downstream. Mining activities in this region will threaten all of these values, and is not in the public interest.
- If you've recreated in the area, it's especially important to talk about your personal experience and why the area has special meaning for you.
- Metal mining poses serious risks to human health and ecological functions. If developed, this proposed mine will have negative impacts on the high quality recreational experience provided by the region, harm salmon habitat and water quality and pollute downstream water supplies.
- The high ecological and wilderness value of the region has already been recognized through several important designations, including Wild and Scenic on the North Fork Smith, Wilderness for the Kalmiopsis area, and National Recreation Area.
- The proposed mine will impact rivers that are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation.
- The downstream reaches in California have already been fully allocated.
Kalmiopsis Rivers (OR/CA)
American Whitewater is working to protect the wild rivers of Southwestern Oregon and Northern California from the threats of nickel strip mines.