Posted: Mar 26, 2013 7:23 PM by Dax Van Fossen - MTN News
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 4:41 AM
WEST GLACIER - A study requested by Glacier National Park concludes that Canadian coal mining in British Columbia is causing serious water pollution downstream.
The study conducted by the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station found that the Elk River in southern British Columbia is being polluted to toxic levels. High levels of nitrogen, selenium and sulfates have been found in the Elk River, which is surrounded by five different coal mines.
Researchers also compared the Elk river problem to nearby drainages like North Fork River drainage and found huge disparities in water quality and bio-diversity. We spoke with study leader, University of Montana Professor Richard Hauer, and he told us this pollution has spread to Lake Koocanusa.