Protect the Best

At the Coalition, we keep tabs on projects that could potentially impact clean water in the Clark Fork basin. From lingering pollution problems, to impacts from new projects, to harms caused by nonnative species, we work with diverse partners to protect what matters most in our watershed.

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Clean Water

Since 1972 the landmark Clean Water Act has protected clean water resources and dramatically improved water quality in communities across the country, protecting them from pollution and toxic dumping. Now this bedrock environmental law is threatened as never before, with proposed debilitating budget cuts and threats to delegitimize the CWA itself.

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Cleanup at Smurfit-Stone

The paper and pulp mill at Smurfit-Stone provided jobs and industry to Missoula for decades. Now, after the mill’s closing in 2010, the Coalition is working in partnership with local agencies to push for a Superfund designation in order to ensure a full cleanup of toxic contaminants at the site.

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Exempt Wells

Managing water wisely ensures there’s enough of the good stuff to go around for households, agricultural operators, anglers and recreationists. But a legal loophole stands to threaten balanced water use.

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Mountain Water Company

Missoula’s drinking water utility is transitioning to public ownership after being privately held for over a century. At the Coalition, we worked to make public ownership a reality, and we’re eager to see Missoula’s drinking water managed in a transparent way that ensures protection of our water resources.

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Aquatic Invasive Species

Imagine floating your favorite trout stream, but instead of gazing down at clear, cool pools, your view is of a green mat of vegetation. Invasive species have already caused enormous impact on water bodies throughout the United States — the Coalition is working in partnership with state agencies to monitor invasives and stop an influx of nonnatives before it might begin.

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Rock Creek and Montanore Mines

Streams and lakes in wilderness areas deserve protection from the potential impacts from mining. For over a decade, the Clark Fork Coalition has been involved in legal challenges to stop the Rock Creek Mine and Montanore Mine, which would tunnel beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area in the lower Clark Fork region.

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Copper Cliffs Mine

The Blackfoot River valley has had its share of scares from mining over the past century. We’re keeping tabs on a company engaged in an exploratory process for a mine at the headwaters of Union Creek above the Potomac Valley.

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