South Fork Salmon River | Photo by Pam Bond
South Fork Salmon River | Photo by Pam Bond

#5: South Fork Salmon River, ID

Threat: Mining

Beloved Wild and Scenic tributary at risk from pollution

South Fork Salmon River | Photo by Zachary Collier

White water rafting | Photo by Zachary Collier

The South Fork Salmon River is a major tributary to the beloved Salmon River—a Wild and Scenic River and the second longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. The South Fork provides habitat for fish protected under the Endangered Species Act and boasts some of Idaho’s best expert-level whitewater. A Canadian mining company’s proposal for a massive open-pit gold, silver and antimony mine in the river’s headwaters threatens to pollute this aquatic treasure, adversely impacting downstream communities and tribal nations that rely on it for jobs, economic livelihoods and cultural heritage. The U.S. Forest Service must protect the South Fork Salmon, the Wild and Scenic Salmon River into which it flows, and endangered fish by denying this mining proposal.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Idaho Rivers United
  • American Whitewater
  • Save the South Fork Salmon