The last and only natural salmon spawning habitat in the world is located in Bristol Bay, Alaska. That’s it, the only one left and Pebble Mine is threateningly close to destroying it with a strip mine and toxic waste tailings pool that scientists have no feasible way of effectively managing.
Let’s see if I have this correct. Pebble Mine doesn’t believe the science regarding the impact on our environment. They believe their science regarding being able to contain the toxic waste pool. They currently have no way of effectively disposing of the toxic waste forever.
The migratory birds are at risk as well as all the wildlife and their natural pristine habitat. The incredible bears so many love to view are in danger as well, it’s in their yard!
Montana had a flock of birds land in their toxic waste pool and we recall that horrific scene. Who is going to be responsible once the foreign mining company moves on? The toxic waste pool has to be maintained forever. What structures have we made that lasts forever?
The continuing leeching issues that Montana has had raises even more concern in a volcanic and seismically active state like Alaska. Especially considering the land is muskeg, and unstable for building structures upon. Building a toxic waste pool is demanding destruction of Bristol Bay.
Why does humanity repeat its failures and yet expect different results without recognition of the insanity in it?
Bristol Bay has been so well regulated and maintained that the 2018 season was an all time record return of Salmon. That is testimony to how well it has been managed.
Wild Salmon are a resource that is sustainable as proven by the success of Bristol Bay. It is one of the healthiest food sources available.
Farmed Salmon have a much lower quality life and you can tell the difference. The texture is mushy and doesn’t taste the same.
The life cycle of Salmon is dependent upon the natural spawning habitat. They make their migration up into the river systems to spawn. Once they’ve spawned, they die. The hatchlings grow in the stream and when big enough head out into the ocean to wander about getting bigger and stronger. Once mature, they make the migratory charge up the river where they were originally hatched to spawn and repeat the cycle.
We can barely navigate without a GPS yet Salmon can return to the stream they were hatched in! It’s almost laughable that we consider ourselves the superior species.
Once you’re grown up, and towards your final stages in life, go ahead and try to return to the exact location you were born without technology, or even a map. How superior are you feeling now?
Salmon depend upon the unique scent of the gravel and waterways in order to return to spawn. Once these are disrupted, so are the salmon. It is an incredibly fascinating journey the salmon take and yet it is so fragile in humanities hands. We have the power to destroy and to protect, it’s a choice that makes the difference.
July 1, 2019 will end public opinion on Pebble Mine and we as humanity must be responsible, think critically and act diligently. We have one left, this is it people! What are we going to do as humanity?
Please, speak out against the destruction of the last and only natural salmon spawning habitat in the world, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Pebble Mine is a 10 year projected strip mine with a toxic waste dump pool that will be required to be managed forever.
The risk is not worth even entertaining the thought but somehow here we are, having to prove the obvious. Montana provides the proof of the disastrous consequences a strip mine has upon the planet. Do we really need to repeat it?
Let your opposition be heard! Visit Savebristolbay.org for information and opportunities to help.
This is your opportunity to save the last natural salmon spawning habitat on the planet. Please help save Bristol Bay, Alaska from a toxic strip mine. We only have this planet, so we must be consciously responsible.