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Help Protect Bristol Bay

May 21, 2013
Filed in: Conservation, Fly Fishing

Jim Klug - AlaskaPhotos courtesy of Jim Klug.

“Imagine an open pit mine in the remote wild lands of Alaska that covers an area 50 percent larger than Manhattan, with dams the height of Hoover Dam, and the potential to hold more than 7 billion tons of waste.

That is exactly what could happen if foreign-owned companies are allowed to build the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. This pristine system of rivers and lakes is home to the largest runs of sockeye salmon in the world. These salmon support recreational sport fishing and allow Native Alaskans to maintain their centuries-old way of life.

The future of these remarkably productive and irreplaceable Alaska lands could be changed forever by the prospective Pebble Mine or other large-scale mining activities, unless the Obama administration decides to protect the rivers and wetlands of the region. That decision will rest on the results of a Clean Water Act assessment that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting.” – PEW Charitable Trusts

UPDATE: The EPA will continue taking public comment on this important issue until June 30th. Make your comment today.

The EPA is taking public comment until May 31st on this important issue – please make sure your voice is heard today and send a comment to the EPA here.

Let the EPA know you support their effort to conduct a thorough, science-based analysis of the impact that large-scale industrial mining, such as the proposed Pebble Mine, would have on the Bristol Bay watershed. Ask them to take the necessary steps to preserve one of the earth’s last unspoiled ecosystems.

Tim Klug - Bears

2 Comments

  • Please stop the efforts of Pebble Mine. The impacts to the Bristol Bay Fisheries is to great. The resource of wild fish as a food source out wieghts any other possible gains. Thank you for working to stop Pebble Mine.

    Posted by Ron Garfas-Knowles | May 27, 2013 at 10:48 am
  • thank you for taking a stand on pebble. my wife, retire chief of resources for lake clark national park, just submitted extensive commentary. pebble is on a large porous volcanic massif. the mining pollutants will percolate in all directions into the surrounding watershed. the ecological system will suffer at all levels. think of the underground nuclear pollutants headed toward the columbia river from the hanford facility in washington state.

    Posted by dick sutliff | May 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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