Protecting Idaho's Water
Mining in Idaho
We all use metals every day. We also need clean air and clean water and a safe environment for our families from toxic waste. Mining is still managed under the Mining Law of 1872 which prioritizes mining over all other uses. We are working to update this law to make sure mining is managed responsibly and that local communities have a greater say in whether a mine project proceeds or not.
International mining companies are scouring Idaho’s vast public lands for more ore to extract. It’s a good bet that an exploration drilling project or even a new mine is being proposed upstream of your drinking water, favorite fishing stream, or place special to you and your family.
Here are some of the mining projects ICL is currently working on to make sure that clean water around the state is protected from mining contamination.