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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Greater Yellowstone Coalition: People protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, now and for future generations.
|Phosphate mining in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem occurs in the
upper Blackfoot River and Salt River watersheds, an area of vast
roadless forests known for its impressive diversity of wildlife. It has
scarred the landscape and dumped poisonous selenium into area streams in
substantial amounts, killing horses, livestock and wildlife, and
ruining habitat of the struggling Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Most
notably, the Salt and Blackfoot river watersheds are home to two of the
three largest remaining populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in
Idaho ̶ and a large percentage of the entire remaining population in
Greater Yellowstone. The effects of land uses such as phosphate mining
in this remote area can and do ripple across the ecosystem. Learn more by visiting our website.