Idaho’s rivers are among our state’s greatest treasures. Activities that can reduce water quality or damage fish habitat—such as recreational suction dredge mining—need permits that spell out how these activities are to be conducted to minimize any harm.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a general permit for suction dredge mining in Idaho. But permit limits are based on outdated information, and the required analyses and monitoring have not been done. Ultimately, this general permit is not strong enough.
Use the form below to share your concerns with the EPA and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. The deadline for comments is Monday, Jan. 29, so act now! Feel free to adapt the prewritten message.