In an effort to help educate on Good Sam, and to provide a place for citizens to demonstrate their support, Trout Unlimited has launched a new "Stand Up" website. The site does a great job of providing background information to help you understand Good Sam, including a video, info graphic and story mapping. Of highest priority is the 'Take Action' section of the site!! Please, please take a few minutes to use the form and auto mailer to send your U.S. delegates an email in support of Good Samaritan legislation. It's simple and easy, but very powerful! You can draft your own email, or use the form letter. Either way, your delegates will hear your support. We urge you to take a few minutes to visit the site to learn more: [log in for link]
There's a very informative video at the bottom of page about good sam law and the Animas basin from the folks at We are the Animas.
Thanks from Durango!!
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.
There are over 500,000 abandoned hardrock mine sites in the American West where there is no responsible party to take on the cleanup. In many cases, these sites pollute streams and they continue to languish or fall to the state and federal government to maintain. Groups like Trout Unlimited or others who have no legal responsibility or connection to the project - true Good Samaritans - are interested in tackling some of these issues, but are deterred from doing so due to the incredible liability risks.