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Save the Smith River - Montana

Posted on 10/30/2017 by Fly Fishers International in Public Policies

Speak up for the Smith and make sure your voice is heard. Submit public comment by November 16, 2017.

Make Your Voice Heard for the Smith River

Tintina Resources (Vancouver, Canada) is proposing a large underground copper mine next to, and underneath Sheep Creek, one of the two most critical tributaries of Montana’s Smith River. While Tintina promises its Black Butte mine will include “state of the art” environmental protections, a healthy Smith River is far too special to put at risk.

Simms has partnered with Yeti, Costa Sunglasses, Sitka, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing, Mystery Ranch, Orvis and Seacat Creative in an effort to make a statement and show the state just how important and special Montana’s Smith River really is. 

Now that Tintina’s mine application is deemed complete by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the agency will begin the process of preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS). This analysis will look at the broad range of environmental and social impacts that could potentially result if DEQ were to permit the mine. 

MT DEQ announced the beginning of the scoping process and a series of scoping meetings. The scoping process will determine what issues the dept. will need to study in order to conduct an adequate EIS.  

Take action and submit your public comments to Montana DEQ by November 16.

Scoping comments may be submitted to:

Additional information about Tintina's application and the process can be found at