Document Type

Border Policy Brief

Publication Date

Summer 2022


Skagit River, British Columbia, Washington, Regional Media, Environmental Advocacy


The regional media of Cascadia has directed significant media attention toward the Skagit River watershed since 2018 as a result of a controversial mining proposal at the international border dividing British Columbia and Washington State. At the center of this con-troversy sits the so-called “Donut Hole” located at the headwaters of the Skagit watershed. As a result of concerns about impacts to wildlife and the surrounding North Cascades ecosystem, opposition to the project was substantial, led by environmental advocates and Indigenous community leaders. In turn, they harnessed extensive media coverage and advocacy to facilitate a larger regional dialogue about the importance of the cross-border Skagit watershed to larger parts of British Columbia and Washington State, as well as to Canada and the United States.




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