EPA releases watershed assessment – public comment period now open – and they need to hear from commercial fishermen


The EPA has released its second draft watershed assessment, and the public comment period is now open on this document that will help determine the future of the Bristol Bay fishery.

 

We are attaching here the Executive Summary of the assessment, and recommend that our members and other interested stakeholders read it, then provide their comments to the EPA.

Although the proposed Pebble Mine would clearly have grave environmental consequences for the watershed, the BBRSDA and our allies at Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay have long focused on the threat that Pebble poses to our commercial fishing, seafood processing and “multiplier effect” employment bases. Some 14,000 jobs will ultimately be jeopardized if the Pebble Mine is developed, and it is fair to say that the “Alaska brand” for the world’s finest seafood products may be jeopardized as well.

Download PDF of Executive Summary: Watershed Assessment Summary 042613

EPA’s Public Comment Page

And if you have ever wondered how large the earthen dams would have to be in order to “contain” the billions of tons of toxic Pebble Mine tailings upstream from the Nushagak and Kvichak, here is an interesting graphic from the assessment.