Methow Headwaters Protection Act
(Image from Lip Rippers Fishing)
In 2014, Blue River Resources, a Canadian mining company, filed for exploratory drilling permits to look for copper in Mazama, Washington's Flag Mountain near the Methow River headwaters. Two years later, in May 2016, Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced a bill to withdraw 340,000 acres of national forest land from the jurisdiction of the General Mining Law of 1872, which enables the straightforward mining of nearly all federal lands. With a successful mineral withdrawal, the Methow Valley will be protected from any future mining endeavors. This new bill - The Methow Headwaters Protection Act - is essential to the preservation of the Methow Valley community.
Proposed Area to be Withdrawn from the 1872 General Mining Law
(From Methow Headwaters Campaign Website)