August 15, 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the SAA News. It’s been a busy month since the last newsletter. As you probably know, the U.S. EPA moved ahead in its process under the Clean Water Act by issuing some commonsense restrictions on mining the Pebble deposit in the Bristol Bay region. A public comment period is underway until September 19, so be sure to take action below. Just last week, a horrific mining accident occurred in British Columbia with impacts to upper reaches of the famed Fraser River system. Here are those and a few other updates on issues of interest to anglers and hunters and the Last Frontier.
We’ll start with an important reminder that our final opportunity to officially comment on the EPA’s work in Bristol Bay is in full swing.
Bristol Bay: Action Alert THIS IS IT - Stand Up for Bristol Bay One Last Time!
EPA public hearing in Anchorage; credit Lucas Veldhuis
On July 18, the EPA released its proposed determination to restrict disposal of mine waste in the waters around the Pebble deposit in Bristol Bay.
EPA is using its authority under the Clean Water Act, and you have until September 19 to submit an official comment to help protect Bristol Bay.
This is the FINAL public comment period, so after you take action make sure you tell all your family and friends to do the same!
More Bristol Bay Notes
- For a detailed, but easy-to-understand explanation of where things are at in the EPA’s Clean Water Act process and the restrictions EPA is proposing, click here.
- Former Alaska state Senate president and Republican National Committee chairman for Alaska, Rick Halford, wrote an opinion editorial in the DC-focused publication The Hill praising the EPA for its efforts in Bristol Bay.
- Not a joke: Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has nominated a former Pebble Limited Partnership public affairs specialist (with no fisheries expertise) as his fisheries advisor. Read the Alaska Dispatch News for this head-scratching development.
- Public hearings with the EPA are taking place in Alaska this week hundreds turned out in Anchorage with a 2-to-1 split favoring protection for Bristol Bay.
Forests: Action Alert Protect Transboundary Rivers along Alaska B.C. Border
On July 21 the Canadian federal government released its final environmental assessment of the proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) mineone of the world’s largest open-pit mines located in the headwaters of the Unuk and Nass Rivers just 19 miles from the AK/B.C. border.
The Unuk River, Southeast Alaska's fourth-largest king salmon producer and an important eulachon river, flows into Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan, AK. The Nass River is British Columbia's third-largest salmon producer. You can comment here but only until August 21, so act now!
British Columbia Mining Disaster Mount Polley Mine in Fraser River System
In the early morning hours of August 4, a massive tailings dam failure at the Mt. Polley mine in British Columbia sent an estimated 4.5 million cubic meters of mine waste solids and 2.6 billion gallons of mine waste liquids into streams, rivers, and lakes in the headwaters of the Fraser River watershed.
The impacts will be severe, no doubt. This ought to serve as the ultimate cautionary example of what can go wrong despite assurances and the latest technology and design. This event will be scrutinized, but the fact remains that mining in productive salmon watersheds is a risky proposition.
Miscellany: Other Interesting & Fun Stuff around Alaska (and beyond)
- Dallas Safari Club has a feature on its support of the Bristol Bay campaign in their latest member magazine. You can click the link for a truncated version.
- While not specific to Alaska, this thought-provoking piece from respected conservation writer Ted Williams, discusses how, if they worked together, sportsmen and environmentalists would be an unstoppable political juggernaut.
- Video: Alaska Steel from Hatch Outdoors
- Video: The Meaning of Wild filmed in the Tongass National Forest
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Other Ways to Support SAA and the Fight for Fishing and Hunting in Alaska
SAA is grateful for the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations. Your donations allow SAA to continue to work on efforts to protect prime fishing and hunting habitats in the Last Frontier for the benefit of current and future sportsmen and women. Make your donations online at the secure online donation page; all amounts are accepted and appreciated SAA is a lean, mean, one-man operation but it takes funding to do this work. For donations of the following amounts, please include “SAA” and indicate what item you’d like to receive in the “comment” box on the donation page.
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Director Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska