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 has been assessing the risk of leakage from the mine pit & tailing ponds into the fishery and has put the Pebble Mine on hold, at least for now. Use this link to access the EPA’s assessment and ruling: About EPA's Bristol Bay Assessment

Trout Unlimited has stepped up to fight the Pebble Mine. For up-to-date info, you can browse to TU’s Save Bristol Bay campaign website.

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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