Mining Threatens World Class Salmon Stream

Mining Threatens World Class Salmon Stream

The Chetco River is renowned for its world-class salmon and steelhead runs, and crystal clear water. Flowing from the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in southwest Oregon, it’s truly a national treasure.
Congress recognized the Chetco's specialness, and protected it from most threats, by naming it a National Wild and Scenic River. But it is still vulnerable to mining thanks to the General Mining Law of 1872 -- which gives mining precedence over all other values and land uses.
Now proposals to mine almost half the length of this extraordinary river threaten all the values the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act seeks to protect.

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