Grantee Spotlight: Trout Unlimited’s Work to Stop the Pebble Mine
The Bristol Bay watershed is one of the great wilderness regions of Alaska, measuring over 28 million acres. The region is not only threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be North America’s largest open pit copper and gold mine, but the infrastructure for Pebble would also support the development of smaller claims scattered across state-owned lands in the region. The proposed Pebble Mine would be enormous – an open pit three miles across, hemmed in at one end with a 700-foot high dam. Another four miles of earthen impoundments would be built to hold back billions of tons of leftover waste rock.
Since 2008, Trout Unlimited’s (TU) Alaska Program has been a Campion Foundation grantee. We have supported their work to stop the proposed Pebble Mine, including TU’s advocacy in support of the Environmental Protection Agency using provisions in the Clean Water Act to define water quality safeguards any future mine would have to meet. TU and their partners have also worked to improve the Bristol Bay Area Plan which guides how the Alaska Department of Natural Resources manages nearly 12 million acres of state land in the Bristol Bay watershed. More information about the campaign to protect Bristol Bay can be found here.