U.S. and Canadian Delegates Enter Discussions on Transboundary Pollution

U.S. and Canadian Delegates Enter Discussions on Transboundary Pollution

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Flathead Beacon
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The ongoing flow of mining contaminants from British Columbia into a prized Montana watershed was a top discussion item during a bilateral meeting April 26 in Washington, D.C., where delegates from both countries convened to discuss the most urgent diplomatic issues facing their nations.

Inclusion of the endangered Kootenai River watershed in the multi-national discussion is another in a recent series of significant steps toward addressing a decades-long problem brewing in the transboundary river system, where toxic contaminants leaching from upstream Canadian coal mines in the Elk River Valley of British Columbia continue to threaten Montana’s aquatic ecosystems.

Stakeholders and scientific researchers who for years have ranked the Kootenai among the highest priorities of the western conservation movement hailed the prioritization of the beleaguered watershed in the discussions as a triumphant moment.