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Save Our Smith is aiming to raise $5,000 to help us fund our public outreach and legal efforts. Your contribution will help us assure that the Smith River is protected and preserved for generations to come. All donors will receive a free Save Our Smith bumper sticker!
About the Smith River and the Proposed Black Butte Mine
Learn more at www.SaveOurSmith.com
Montana’s Smith River is renowned worldwide for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and blue ribbon trout fishery. The Smith is Montana’s only permitted recreational river. The permitted section of the Smith River winds 59 miles through a remote canyon in the Big Belt Mountains. Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks classifies the Smith River’s fishery as high-value, owing to its bountiful population of rainbow, brown, westslope cutthroat, and brook trout. The canyon walls of the Smith also boast some of the best examples of Native American pictographs in Montana.
A small Canadian mining start-up, Tintina Resources, is investigating the feasibility of a massive copper mine at the headwaters of the Smith River, on the banks of Sheep Creek. If the mine is permitted to move forward, it will mine down below the water table, and Tintina will have to pump water out of the mine to keep it from flooding. The pumped wastewater will contain arsenic and other toxics. Tintina’s proposed copper mine is particularly concerning because it will mine through sulfide minerals, which, when exposed to air and water, can react to form sulfuric acid in a process known as acid mine drainage. Montana has a long legacy of mining projects that have contaminated its rivers and streams. The Smith River is not the location for another failed mining experiment.