A new video from American Rivers grants us a small glimpse into the magic of Montana’s Smith River. The video comes as American Rivers gears up to combat a new proposed mining project in the Smith’s headwaters. If built, the underground copper mine would be in close proximity to Sheep Creek, a major tributary. Tintina Resources, a Canadian company, has partnered with Sandfire, an Australian mining firm. The two companies have submitted an application to the state of Montana.
Activists are concerned because wastewater from the mine will contain arsenic. Heavy metal leaks could affect water quality and the native trout fishery.