Alabama's Terrapin Creek Protected from Gold Mining Operation
November 3, 2005
For generations, Alabama families have fished, canoed and swam in the pristine waters of Terrapin Creek, which flows through four counties and the Talladega National Forest. Now, after eight years, local citizens have won a major court victory to stop a gold mining operation slated to lie just 500 feet from the creek, one of the last unpolluted waterways left in the entire state. On November 3, a judge ruled that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management illegally issued a water pollution discharge permit to the mining operation. The victory will protect the 400-square mile watershed, a source for clean drinking water and habitat for fish and wildlife. Read more about the proposed project and local efforts to stop the mine in Sierra Club's "America's Great Outdoors" report below.
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America's Great Outdoors
Sierra Club report on Terrapin Creek
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