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. However, there was a change of heart at the EPA; that agency proposed to erase the Clean Water protections in 2017.  Now, another change of heart. In January 2018, EPA Director Scott Pruitt decided that Bristol Bay's natural resources should be protected. 

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 keep vigilant about Bristol Bay - - - the Pebble Mine seems far too dangerous for this important fishery. As someone said: 'The wrong mine, in the wrong place'. 

For up-to-date info, you can browse these websites... 

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 (2014) two tunnel project revealed this raft-ripper - - - that the amount of water promised to farmers and towns each year has often exceeded the rivers’ flow!  And that intermittent but persistent shortage is dangerous for Delta and SF Bay fisheries. For very different perspectives of this complicated situation, read these sources...

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