Kootenai River

Kootenai River
British Columbia, Montana and Idaho

Threat: Open-pit coal mining
At risk: Water quality and fish survival

One of our country’s last wild rivers, the Kootenai River provides critical habitat for several rare and threatened native fish species, as well as wildlife like grizzly bear and woodland caribou. However, the river is threatened by current mining and proposed expansions of five open-pit coal mines along the Elk River in British Columbia, a tributary to the Kootenai. The U.S. State Department must involve the International Joint Commission in order to halt the mine expansions until an unbiased study of the impact of current and future mines on water quality, fish, and wildlife is completed.

The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak

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