Dear Washington State Bristol Bay Permit-Holder,
We know you care deeply about the future of your fishery and the Bristol Bay region. We also know that most of you are concerned about potential impacts on the Bay’s salmon fishery from Pebble and other large-scale mineral development projects. As you are aware, the EPA recently released a draft scientific watershed assessment last week saying that large-scale mining operations in the Bristol Bay watershed will harm wild salmon. That release triggered a 60-day public comment period, originally scheduled only in Alaska.
WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT A PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE FOR SEATTLE ON MAY 31. WE URGE TO YOU TO ATTEND AND EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW.
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
915 Second Avenue (2nd & Marion)
Next Thursday may be the only opportunity you will have to directly express your views on whether the Kvichak and Nushagak drainages are the right place to develop North America’s largest mine within the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery. The 60-day public comment period will end before you are back from Bristol Bay, so this meeting with the EPA may be your only chance to be heard . It is the position of the Bristol Bay RSDA that scientific and economic data should guide decision-making in Bristol Bay.
Helpful background information:
• Draft watershed assessment download from our website
• The EPA’s Bristol Bay website, containing a great deal of additional information
• Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay website and Facebook page
•Excellent source of science-based material
• News and editorial coverage of the watershed assessment in the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch, Huffington Post, and Washington Post.
Executive Director – BBRSDA Jorden Greiner,
Fisheries Account Coordinator