Approximately 110,000 miles of streams – enough to circle the Earth four times – are listed as impaired for heavy metals or acidity and abandoned mines are a major source of these impairments. Of these impaired stream miles, 20% are within subwatersheds that contain native trout and salmon while 52% are in subwatersheds that are important drinking water sources. Billions have been spent cleaning up these leaking abandoned mines, but there is much more work to do. Abandoned mines are a big problem, but with a little help from Congress they are a problem we can tackle by passing Good Samaritan legislation.
Go to standup.tu.org/good-samaritan-legislation to learn more.