Posts in water
Wild Rivers Coast Protected from Strip Mining for 20 years!

Overwhelming support from local communities and more than 70,000 comments in favor of protecting wild rivers and drinking water made a difference in defending against the imminent threat of nickel strip mining. On January 13, 2016, the Department of the Interior signed off on a 20-year mining ‘time-out’ that encompasses 100,000 acres and 100 miles of the North Fork Smith, Illinois River, and Hunter Creek watersheds.

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Oregon Caves Drinking Water Protected

Local business leaders were instrumental in helping expand the Oregon Caves. More than 80,000 visitors visit the park each year, pumping more than $5 million into the local economy. That’s a huge boost for the rural Illinois Valley and its residents.  

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