As news of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision about Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine broke last week, Sam Snyder of the Wild Salmon Center and Scott Hed with Businesses for Bristol Bay joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler on May 25th for a wide-ranging and highly informative discussion about the bay and the people who depend on it.
In the video, which you can watch below, they talk about:
- The EPA’s announcement of a proposed determination to prohibit and restrict the use of certain waters in the Bristol Bay watershed as disposal sites for the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with mining under Clean Water Act Section 404(c)
- Background on the Bristol Bay watershed, which supports some of the richest salmon fisheries on the planet
- How Bristol Bay and its connected waters support sustainable fishing businesses, individual livelihoods, unparalleled sport fishing opportunities, and millennia-old Native Alaskan traditions that are part of the cultural and social fabric of this region
- The threat to the bay’s waters from Pebble Mine, and the effects of EPA’s decision on the proposed project, assuming that the preliminary determination becomes final
- Other proposed mining projects that might endanger the bay in the future
- Concrete actions you can take to help protect this vital resource and national treasure
Learn more about Bristol Bay and the proposed Pebble Mine, or check out our recent statement about the EPA announcement. Please join our email list to be notified about future Waterside Chats and news about Bristol Bay.