Biden Administration Announces Step Towards Protecting Bristol Bay

The Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska supports world-class salmon fisheries that are critical to the regional economy and the Indigenous peoples who have subsisted on these fisheries since time immemorial. For more than two decades, foreign industrial mining interests have fought to develop the Pebble Mine despite the serious threats it poses to clean water, salmon, and the well-being of local communities. Under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authority to stop the Pebble Mine and protect the people and wildlife that depend on the Bristol Bay watershed. In early December 2022, the regional EPA office considering the Mine recommended to EPA headquarters that it veto the project due to the “unacceptable adverse effects” on salmon fisheries Pebble Mine is likely to have. With the EPA poised to issue a final decision on the Pebble Mine by the end of the year, we encourage you to learn more and get involved in support of actions to protect Bristol Bay.