Mining Issues & Advocacy

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has taken a stand against threats to the watershed over the years including but not limited to: sedimentation, erosion, dangers associated with sulfide mining, and unsustainable resource management. We are developing tools to address these issues such as the Yellow Dog River Watershed Plannning Project which addresses nonpoint source pollution by involving the community. Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, it comes from many diffuse sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters (EPA). Also, according to the EPA, nonpoint source pollution is the leading remaining cause of water quality problems. 

Since 2003 The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has dedicated significant time and resources to protecting the watershed from the multilayered threat of sulfide mining. The Eagle Project, a nickel and copper mine on the boundary of the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout watersheds, has been our primary concern.