Protect the Green River's Clean Water from Mining
Southwest Washington’s Green River provides drinking water to downstream communities and flows through Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. However, the river’s clean water and wildlife are threatened by a large proposed mine.
Unless the Forest Service acquires the mineral rights to block the drilling and proposed mine, and Congress forever safeguards the river with a Wild and Scenic designation, this river and its communities will be at risk from toxic pollution.
Take Action: Tell Washington representatives to protect the Green River with Wild and Scenic designation.
Jaime Herrera Beutler
As a supporter of American Rivers and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, I am writing you because I am concerned about the damaging effects a mine could have on the Green River and nearby communities. I urge you to protect the upper 10 miles of the Green River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The pristine areas around Mount Saint Helens and in the Green River valley are the lifeblood for local outdoor recreation and tourism. Recreation enthusiasts flock to the area to enjoy the Green River trail, Goat Mountain trail, and the popular Green River horse camp. In fact, travel and tourism businesses provide an estimated 7,946 jobs in surrounding counties, while mining provides only 353 jobs. The Green River also provides clean drinking water to over 50,000 residents in the downstream communities of Longview, Kelso, and Castle Rock.
In March 2010, Ascot Resources signed an agreement to purchase mining interests adjacent to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, 12 miles from the volcano's crater, and near the headwaters of the Green River. The exploratory drilling phase is the first step in a process that could result in a 3,000 acre mine. A large mine at the edge of the Mount St. Helens poses a serious risk of releasing toxins that could devastate threatened fish runs, contaminate community drinking water supplies, and impact popular recreation sites. Due to this concern, American Rivers has named the Green River one of America's Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011.
To protect the health and economy of our communities, please introduce legislation to designate the Green River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Your support is essential to ensure that the Green River will remain clean, free-flowing, and support recreation for current and future generations.
Thank you for considering my request. Please notify me in writing of your decision.
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