Water quality is a huge concern at Idaho Rivers United, and mining by its very nature almost always works against it. High prices for gold, silver and other valuable minerals are driving a mining boom across the West, and a number of Idaho's river basins are threatened as a result.
In the Bose River watershed a Canadian company is proposing to explore what it claims is the largest un-mined molybdenum deposit in the world for its CuMo Project. In the South Fork of the Salmon River, a different Canadian company is proposing to re-open and vastly expand an open-pit gold mine at Stibnite.
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The Payette National Forest on February 2 released a summary of the 536 public scoping comments it collected regarding the Midas Gold Stibnite Project. A majority of comments expressed concern. A noteworthy percentage highlight serious apprehensions for environmental quality, human health, and wildlife and species conservation on the forest.
Approximately 200 people attended a meeting at Payette Brewing in Boise to learn more about the CuMo Project and potential impacts from mine exploration and development. The meeting was hosted by local and statewide conservation groups.
One of the most popular sections of the South Fork of the Payette River has become threatened by 37 new mining claims. If developed the claims could dramatically rearrange the area from Lowman to Soudough Lodge, including lands adjacent and close to the popular Kirkham Hot Springs.
If American CuMo Mining Corp, a Canadian company, has its way the city of Boise will be downstream from one of the largest toxic open pit mines in the West.
CuMo is proposing to build more than 10 miles of new roads and clear 137 drill pads in the Boise River headwaters near Grimes Creek. The company hopes the nearly 3,000-acre exploration leads to development of one of the largest open-pit mines on the planet.
The Idaho Rivers United community made a strong statement this month when it spoke clearly in favor of clean water and healthy fisheries in the South Fork of the Salmon River basin. A large mining company is proposing three massive open pit mines at the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, a river prized for its fisheries and whitewater.
Idahoans this spring and early summer are facing another mine proposition. Canada-based Midas Gold has proposed to reopen pit mines near the remote community of Yellow Pine at the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. Please get involved.
U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge again found that the Forest Service had acted arbitrarily and capriciously by approving the CuMo Exploration Project in the Bloise River headwaters without adequate environmental analysis.
Citing harm to the rare, native plant Sacajawea’s bitterroot and uncertain impacts to water quality, three conservation groups filed their opening brief in court yesterday to stop the CuMo mineral exploration project from moving forward in the headwaters of the Boise River.
Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Conservation League and Golden Eagle Audubon Society filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Boise today, faulting the U.S. Forest Service for approving the CuMo mining project without taking sufficient steps to protect water quality and rare flower habitat.
On Monday, Oct. 5, the U.S. Forest Service issued a Decision Notice authorizing the next phase of exploration for the CuMo Project in the Grimes Creek watershed in the headwaters of the Boise River.