Leaders from the unprecedented coalition to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from large-scale mining development are hosting a panel discussion in Washington, DC on Tuesday, February 25th to discuss the EPA’s recently-released Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and why Clean Water Act protections are needed to protect Bristol Bay’s world-class salmon fishery.
After three years of scientific study, the EPA released its final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment in January. The assessment details the potential devastation caused by large-scale hard rock mining such as the proposed Pebble Mine on Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery and ecosystem. The report determined even without a likely accident, the mine could destroy up to 5,350 acres of Bristol Bay’s wetlands, streams and ponds and up to 94 miles of the very streams where the salmon that support Bristol Bay’s $1.5 billion fishing economy spawn each and every year.
Light refreshments, including Bristol Bay salmon, will be provided at the panel discussion. A Q&A session will follow the moderated discussion. We hope you will join us.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
United Methodist Building (across from Dirksen Senate Office Building)
100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Brett Veerhusen: email@example.com
Opening remarks – Brett Veerhusen, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay
Moderator – Wayne Nastri, former EPA Region 9 Administrator
The Right Reverend David Mahaffey – Bishop of Sitka and Alaska; Orthodox Church in America
Alannah Hurley – Program Manager United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Brian Kraft – Owner of Alaska Sportsmen’s Lodge
Richard Stavis – CEO Stavis Seafoods, Boston, Massachusett
Joe Chythlook – Chairman of Bristol Bay Native Corporation Board, Commercial fisherman
Joel Reynolds – Western Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Kim Williams – Executive Director, Nunamta Aulukestai
Logo courtesy Commercial Fisherman of Bristol Bay