NDA Joins Host of Conservation Organizations Urging Denial of Permit for Pebble Mine

May 12, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

The National Deer Alliance (NDA) has joined Save Bristol Bay, Trout Unlimited and a host of other conservation organizations in penning a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that he direct the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the Clean Water Act 404 permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Located in Southwest Alaska, the Bristol Bay watershed covers an area roughly the size of West Virginia. According to Save Bristol Bay, the “Bay continues to produce the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and one of the most prolific king salmon runs left on earth.” As a result, Bristol Bay attracts anglers from all over the world, resulting in a $1.5 billion economy supporting over 14,000 jobs. Recreational fishing and tourism generate about $90 million annually for Alaska through taxes and license purchases. Even more, the region is a popular hunting destination and is also home to 30 Alaska Native Tribes.

But, the area is also home to the Pebble deposit, “a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdenum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay,” notes Save Bristol Bay. Pebble mine was proposed to extract these valuable resources, and if built, Pebble mine would be the largest mine in North America and one of the largest mines in the world. Ultimately, large amounts of mining waste (billions of tons) would need to be stored behind earthen dams, and there’s a significant concern that the waste can and will find its way into the watershed’s pristine and highly productive waters and landscapes.

NDA outlines state and federal land management and sportsmen access as two of its key focus areas. The construction of Pebble mine would represent a serious black eye on both of these focus areas. It could also significantly harm world-class fisheries and recreation, as well as the local Native Tribes and economy.

“NDA supports the protection of unique and pristine ecosystems like Bristol Bay,” said Torin Miller, NDA’s policy and outreach coordinator. “The proposed Pebble mine seriously threatens remarkable fisheries, hunting opportunities, landscapes and cultures, and we’re hopeful that President Trump will direct the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the mine’s permit request.”

Join NDA in opposing the permitting of Pebble mine. World-class fisheries, awesome hunting opportunities, pristine landscapes and a booming local economy depend on it. Show your support by visiting Save Bristol Bay and signing the petition addressed to President Trump by Friday, May 15.