Conservation: Hot Issues

Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay Alaska is well known for its trophy rainbow trout and king salmon. It’s also home water to an immense number of sockeye salmon. However, ore deposits containing about 80 billion pounds of copper and 110 million ounces of gold are nearby - - - and that’s a problem.

The EPA, after assessing the risk of leakage from the open pit mine & tailing ponds into the fishery, put the Pebble Mine on hold in 2014. But there's been a change of heart at the EPA - - - that agency is now proposing to erase those Clean Water protections and is seeking public comments until Oct. 19, 2017. 


Trout Unlimited, allied with many Alaskan businesses, commercial fishermen, and tribes, has continued to fight against the Pebble Mine. It's important for anglers to tell the EPA that the Pebble Mine endangers this spectacular fishery - - - 'the wrong mine, in the wrong place'. 


For up-to-date info, you can browse these websites...
  • https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-withdraw-clean-water-act-restrictions-pebble-mine-alaskas-bristol-bay
  • http://www.savebristolbay.org/take-action



Bay-Delta Water Plan

There’s lots of controversy about delivering north state water to agricultural interests and towns down south, but studying Gov. Brown’s Proposition 1 revealed this raft-ripper - - - that the amount of water that’s promised each year often exceeds the rivers’ flow! And that shortage is dangerous for Delta and SF Bay fisheries. For very different perspectives of this complicated situation, read these sources...


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