Sunday, May 26, 2013

KUOW's earthfix on Elwha Salmon Recovery

In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, we thought we would pass along a story from KUOW's earthfix on the ongoing efforts to remove dams and recover wild salmon and steelhead in the Elwha. The series provided an in depth look at the recovery, including some of the strategies being employed to help aid recovery of wild stocks and some of the decisions that remain to be made about the role of hatcheries in the recovery process, and the risks they pose to the long term recovery prospects in the Elwha.

Check it out:

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Check out Ryan Peterson's latest film piece, a stunning visual tribute to the Bristol Bay Region highlighting the risks posed by the Pebble Mine project.

sea-swallow'd from ryan peterson on Vimeo.

Action Alert: EPA Accepting Public Comments on Pebble Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on the proposed Pebble Mine project. The mine, which is proposed in the headwaters of Iliamna Lake and the Nushugak River in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, has been under review since 200?. Last year, a scientific review of the project concluded that it would pose a significant ecological and economic threat to the Bristol Bay region, and the EPA is expected to issue a final decision on the project this year.

Pebble mine would be among the largest open pit mines on the planet, located squarely in the heart of one of the worlds most productive sockeye bearing ecosystems. For more than 100 years Bristol Bay has supported one of the largest, most stable commercial sockeye fisheries in the world. The mine would have far reaching impacts on sockeye populations in the affected watersheds and the host of species and communities that rely on them.

Please take 5 minutes to submit comments to the EPA before May 31st and tell the EPA to protect the future of the Bristol Bay ecosystem and fishery: 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mining Company Suing Province over Decision to Protect Skeena Sockeye

In a landmark decision last fall British Columbia's Liberal government denied an environmental certificate to Pacific Booker Minerals for a proposed mine in the Morrison Lake in the headwaters of the Babine watershed. The Babine is the largest single producer of sockeye in British Columbia and sustains the majority of the commercial and indigenous fisheries in the region. A new open pit mining project would have spelled disaster for the Babine Lake ecosystem and the Skeena more generally, prompting even the pro-mining liberal government to conclude the risks far outweighed the benefits. Now in what is among the most outrageous, and obnoxious developments yet, the company has opted to sue the province over their decision on the project. This represents a troubling theme in Canadian resource development, with decision making power increasingly being taken away from local governments, and consolidated in the hands of the companies which profit from environmentally destructive resource extraction.

Stay tuned for more developments in this story.

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