Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine: Submit Comments to EPA by September 19th
This post was written in conjunction with our Business Partner Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.
If you follow seafood news, chances are you’ve heard of the crisis facing the Bristol Bay region of Alaska – more specifically, the proposed Pebble Mine to extract gold and copper from the area. The largest of the proposed mineral development mines in the Bristol Bay watershed, Pebble Mine lies at the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s most productive salmon rivers – threatening some of the most productive salmon rivers left on earth. If allowed, this mine would devastate the Bristol Bay Region, its economy, and the last great wild sockeye resource on earth.
Through Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA has the authority to block harmful activities that would impair federal waters and America’s natural resources, such as wild salmon. On July 18th, the EPA announced its proposal to block harmful mining activities in the Bristol Bay watershed.
As part of this proposal, the EPA is accepting public comments until September 19th. This means that YOU can weigh in on the future protection of Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery and tell the EPA that you value wild salmon and the jobs, cultures, and communities that they support.
Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery on earth, and produces nearly 50% of the world’s sockeye salmon. With an annual economic impact of $1.5 billion, Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery also sustains over 14,000 jobs each year.
On July 18th, the EPA announced its proposal to block harmful mining activities in the Bristol Bay watershed. As part of their proposal, the EPA is accepting public comments until September 19th. What that means is that YOU have the opportunity to let the EPA know you want to see Bristol Bay’s salmon protected from harmful mining development. NOW is your chance to weigh in on the future protection of Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery – the largest sockeye salmon fishery on earth!
Sustainability is a team effort, and we’re all in this together – every voice counts! Please add your voice to ours and take action now by commenting on the Proposed Bristol Bay 404(c) Determination. Ask the EPA to complete the Clean Water Act 404(c) process to ensure that Bristol Bay is protected.
To lend your voice, submit a letter to the EPA here.
Additional Bristol Bay/Pebble Mine Resources:
Alaska’s Clash over Salmon and Gold Goes National – National Geographic
EPA Proposes Limits on Alaska’s Pebble Mine Project – Washington Post
Photo credits to Jim Klug and Terry Gunn; photos courtesy of Bristol Bay RSDA and used with permission.