The Gallatin River Task Force, Big Sky’s local watershed watchdog, is petitioning to get I-186 on the November ballot. It requires new hard-rock mines in Montana have a reclamation plan protecting clean water for future generations. To collect signatures, volunteers must attend a training on May 31 in Big Sky.

Protect Montana's clean water

Volunteer opportunity: Signature collection training hosted by the Gallatin River Task Force
Volunteers need to collect 25,500 signatures before June 22 to ensure the initiative appears on the November ballot.

YES for Responsible Mining, a coalition of conservation groups, is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative focused on preventing hard-rock mines from permanently polluting Montana’s rivers and streams. Initiative No. 186 requires new hard-rock mines in Montana to have a reclamation plan backed by clear and convincing evidence the mine will not require the perpetual treatment of water polluted by acid mine drainage or other contaminants such as arsenic, lead and mercury. Volunteers need to collect 25,500 signatures before June 22 to ensure the initiative appears on the November ballot. The May 31 training event (4 p.m. in the Big Sky Water and Sewer District conference room) is for volunteers who are interested in gathering signatures to support the petition for I-186. The training will consist of two parts and is mandatory for anyone interested in gathering signatures for I-186. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, a Montana resident and registered to vote in Montana. For more information or to express interest, contact kristin@gallatinrivertaskforce.org, call (406) 993-2519, or visit www.yeson186.org.

 

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