March 16, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Save Bristol Bay

 

According to the National Wildlife Federation, 40 million sockeye salmon return to the Bristol Bay watershed each year, making it the world’s largest run. This isn’t including the runs of king salmon and rainbow trout, and a huge variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose and many more.

The salmon and many other animals are in danger due to the proposed Pebble Mine at the top of the two main rivers, the Kvichak and Nushagak, which run into Bristol Bay. Not only will this mine most likely create toxic waste and be released into the waterways, but it will also affect the human development of this area.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can save this area from being destroyed by human development and degradation but we need them to act quickly and accurately. Last time they performed the needed research and reports, many errors were found.

Time is running out. We need the EPA to save Bristol Bay, or prepare for life without salmon.

Julia Moravec

Spokane


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