Copper mine threatens popular Montana river

Forming the western border of the Lewis and Clark National Forest, the Smith River has long been popular with fly-fishers and white-water rafters in Montana.

Twilight at the Smith River, Montana.

Twilight on the Smith River, Montana. Image by Bitterroot / CC BY-SA 2.0

But a recent mining proposal could threaten the isolated river’s pristine waters. Backers of the mine say the project would bring jobs and tax revenues to the area, but critics say the state’s rough history with industrial mines suggest the consequences outweigh the benefits (the Clark Fork Watershed in Western Montana makes up the largest hazardous waste site in America). Read more: nytimes.com

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