The Smith River can’t speak for itself. Will you speak up for it?

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This coming Monday, February 16th, the Montana Legislature will hold a hearing on a bill that would help to assure that the Smith River is protected from the proposed Smith River copper mine. SB 218, sponsored by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe of Great Falls, would require that metal mines that are likely to create acid mine drainage post a bond at 150% of the current bonding level.

We need you to contact the Senate Natural Resources Committee members, and respectfully request that they support SB 218.

Learn more about the Smith River Mine. 

Montana has a long history of mining projects that do not adequately reclaim the land and protect water resources. The Smith River should not become part of this sad legacy. Metal mines in Montana have been chronically under-bonded.

Under this bill, companies seeking a permit to develop a metal mine in an ore body that contains sulfide mineralization must post a higher bond as a result. Sulfide mineralization is the precursor to acid mine drainage, the chemical process that has created environmental catastrophes in Montana, and required perpetual water treatment and spending of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to address the problem.

Want to attend the hearing on February 16th at 3:00 PM in Helena? It will take place in room 303 of the Capitol Building (the Old Supreme Court Chamber). For more information or questions, contact Derf Johnson at

Thanks for all that you do to Save Our Smith!

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