METHOW HEADWATERS BILL CLEARS IMPORTANT SENATE HURDLE
On March 30, S. 566, the Methow Headwaters Protection Act cleared an important hurdle in Congress: It was passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (SENR) Committee and will now be ready for action on the the floor of Congress. This is a great step forward thanks to our Senate champions, Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray.  

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SENATORS CANTWELL AND MURRAY RE-INTRODUCE LEGISLATION
We are pleased to announce that on March 7, 2017 Senators Cantwell and Murray introduced the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2017 - an important milestone for the Methow Headwaters Campaign. The bill calls for permanent protection of about 340,000 acres of public land in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from new industrial-scale mine development. The senators originally introduced the legislation in 2016, and the bill was heard in September before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, of which Senator Cantwell is the ranking member. The re-introduction in the new congress continues the senators’ commitment to ensuring that the waters, working landscapes and recreational economy of the Methow Valley are protected from the impacts of industrial-scale mining.  

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED FOR METHOW HEADWATERS
SUPPORTERS, We need your voice to be heard! The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on a mineral withdrawal for the Methow Headwaters. It's imperative that the BLM hear from everyone who cares about the Methow Valley and its critical headwaters.  Let them know today why you support the mineral withdrawal and the protection of the Methow Headwaters from industrial-scale mining!  

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Methow Headerwaters: Too Special To Mine
Methow Headwaters is proud to present the story of a mountain community coming together to share why the Methow Valley, in the heart of the North Cascades, is too special to mine.  A film by Benjamin Drummond + Sara Steele

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WHAT'S AT STAKE

Methow_Icon_WaterWATER

Water sustains life in the Methow. 90% of the watershed is in public ownership, and is the source for nearly all water, making water quality tied closely to public land management.

Methow_icons_RecreationRECREATION

People come to the Methow to play—it is home to the nation’s largest Nordic ski trail system and is a gateway to North Cascades National Park and vast wilderness areas.

Methow_Icon_WildlifeWILDLIFE

The Methow supports a rich diversity of wildlife and is home to 7 federally protected fish and wildlife species, 5 of which have designated critical habitat.

Methow_Icon_FishSALMON RECOVERY

The Methow is critical to Upper Columbia salmon recovery. Nearly $100 million has been invested in recovery and restoration in the Methow alone.

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