South Fork Salmon River | Photo by Daniel Patrinellis
South Fork Salmon River | Photo by Daniel Patrinellis

#7: South Fork Salmon River, ID

Threat: Mining

Protect clean water and wild salmon

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South Fork Salmon, Elk Creek | Photo by Wendy Jones

SF Salmon, Elk Creek | Photo by Wendy Jones

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

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Idaho Rivers United
  • American Whitewater
  • South Salmon Alliance

2019 Most Endangered Rivers Infographic

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