May 9, 2013 Newsletter
It has been a busy spring for SAA, especially with work on the Bristol Bay campaign front. SAA has been on the road in Montana (twice), New York City, Washington D.C., Minnesota, and Texas in the past two months. Support for EPA taking action to protect Bristol Bay now exceeds 925 angling and hunting groups and businesses (see letter here, updated Aug. 2013)! For a comprehensive list of news items, you can always visit the Latest News page on the SAA Web site. This newsletter will be brief and will focus on the major news that broke just over a week ago – EPA has taken the next step in its study of proposed mining in Bristol Bay…
TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
EPA releases revised draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
Agency accepting public comments through May 31
On Friday, April 26, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency released its revised draft watershed assessment for Bristol Bay. This moves us one step closer, but it means more work.
Based on over 230,000 public comments, public meetings held in Seattle, Anchorage, and a number of Bristol Bay communities, and a review by an independently selected panel of expert peer scientists, EPA has released revisions to the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.
Public comments will be taken through May 31, 2013. The salmon of Bristol Bay – and the jobs and culture they support – need you to submit your comments through the Save Bristol Bay Action Center.
- The revised draft watershed assessment and executive summary may be viewed on the EPA's official Bristol Bay Web site.
- View the official EPA fact sheet which summarizes changes in the revised draft watershed assessment.
- Trout Unlimited expressed the need for EPA to take action based on the revised assessment in this press release.
- Commercial fishing businesses voiced their support for the watershed assessment in this press release.
- SAA Director Scott Hed did a Q&A with American Angler magazine regarding the revised watershed assessment.
See the Latest News page for much more media coverage about this critical development.
And not like you needed the incentive, but Crystal Creek Lodge is very generously giving away a trip for two people in 2014! To qualify, you need to submit your comment and encourage up to six of your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Click the image for full details.
Random Recent Shots from the Bristol Bay Campaign…
|Signing up supporters in Missoula, MT © Rich Stuber||Taking the message right to the top! © Capt. Brad Petzke|
|“This is where we draw the line.” © Tackle Trade World||Meeting guides at Simms Ice Out with AFFTA’s Ben Bulis © TTW|
|Supporter K.C. Walsh of Simms Fishing Products © TTW||Bristol Bay connections in Montana –
From left: guide Dave Goodhart, Dan Vermillion of Sweetwater Travel,
SAA’s Scott Hed, guide Whitney Gould
© Ben Bulis / American Fly Fishing Trade Association
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