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Protect Southeast Alaska fishing and tourism industries

Action needed by 21, 2013

The wild salmon watersheds of the Nass and the Unuk Rivers are threatened by one of North America’s biggest mine proposals: 
Seabridge Gold’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) mine in northwest British Columbia.  Near the Alaska boarder and Misty Fjords National Monument, the KSM proposal would combine open-pit and underground mining and use untested water treatment technology.  The mine could leave behind over two billion tons of toxic tailings, where a failure could be devastating to these salmon-bearing rivers.  
Alaskans need to get involved to protect our salmon streams from these bad mining proposals, especially when they are across the border in Canada.

Take Action:

Protect our wild salmon!  Join the diverse groups that are working to protect these salmon watersheds by filling out this online form at American Salmon Forest.  

More Information:

Here are key points to include in your comments:

  • Given the rugged terrain, high precipitation, seismic risks, and sheer size of the mine, KSM is comparable to the Pebble mine project proposed for Bristol Bay. Like Pebble, KSM poses serious threats to fish and wildlife habitat and is riddled with uncertainties and liabilities especially with its water treatment.
  • The 80-mile-long Unuk river produces one of Southeast Alaska’s largest king salmon runs and flows into Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan, a popular attraction for many of the region’s one million annual visitors.
  • Toxic tailings ponds would have two earthen dams each as tall as and wider than the Hoover Dam.  Acid mine drainage is toxic to aquatic life and it will likely be needed much longer than the 200 years the company is planning for.  
  • Moose populations have declined in the Nass watershed. First Nations are concerned that moose may be at a ‘tipping point’, and that any additional impacts or stresses on the moose population – such as those posed by KSM mine traffic, construction and operation – will have significant and potentially irreversible consequences.
Thanks to Rivers Without Borders for this information.

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