Protect Bristol Bay’s Rivers from Mining

Grizzly bears on Naknek Lake in Katmai National Park. | Paxzon Woelber, Cinders to Sea Expedition

Bristol Bay’s Nushagak and Kvichak rivers, including tributaries such as the Koktuli, Mulchatna and Talarik rivers, are home to one of the last great wild salmon runs in the world, and host world-class rainbow trout, steelhead and other freshwater fish. Returning salmon have fed indigenous families for thousands of years through subsistence harvest. The Bristol Bay commercial fishery supports 14,000 sustainable American jobs worth $1.5 billion annually. These rivers also sustain two of the last intact, sustainable, salmon-based cultures in the world and provide clean drinking water for several thousand rural residents.

Unfortunately, livelihoods, native culture and this priceless resource are once again threatened by the Pebble Mine. This project could create 10 billion tons of waste, consume 35 billion gallons of freshwater per year, and include a 4-mile long dam taller than the Hoover Dam. Recently, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed direction from the previous administration to allow the project to go through the permitting process.

Please join us in asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to defend indigenous peoples, commercial fishermen, wild salmon and clean water by rejecting Pebble’s mining permit application.