Future of Bristol Bay in the EPA's Hands

By Tim Bristol

Over the past 7 years, Trout Unlimited has worked with local communities, Alaska Native tribes, the commercial fishing industry, jewelers, chefs, restaurant owners, and sportsmen and women across the country to stop the Pebble Mine. 

After three years of study, the EPA has released its final Watershed Assessment. It concludes that large-scale mining in Bristol Bay will cause unquestionable and irreparable harm to fish, local communities and salmon-based businesses. Having a clear, strong scientific document means we are closer than ever to protecting North America’s greatest salmon run. 

Now that the science is complete, the EPA should act quickly to use its Clean Water Act 404(c) authority to ensure the long-term protection of Bristol Bay and its fishery. The science supports it, Alaskans support it, and hunters and anglers across the country support it. It’s time for our political leaders to acknowledge what business leaders already know:  Pebble mine is a risk we can’t afford to take.

We need your help now, more than ever, to keep the momentum to protect Bristol Bay strong. 

Visit our Take Action Center to thank the EPA and urge them to move forward with Clean Water Act protection for Bristol Bay immediately.

Make a donation to Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay campaign. Your support will help us continue to push for lasting protections for Bristol Bay's clean water and fish

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