Re: Comments on Pebble Draft EIS for Bristol Bay, Alaska - POA-2017-271
To Whom It May Concern:
I am a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska - home to the world’s largest and most valuable wild salmon fishery. Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery is sustained by the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers, whose headwaters begin near the Pebble Deposit. Last year, a record-breaking 60 million sockeye salmon returned to Bristol Bay, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in income for me and 14,000 other fishermen.
It’s well documented that the Pebble Mine would have irreversible and unacceptable adverse impacts to the Bristol Bay watershed. Therefore, I urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Pebble Limited Partnership’s Clean Water Act 404 permit application. The Pebble Mine would be devastating for Americans like myself who depend on Bristol Bay’s intact freshwater habitat and sustainable wild salmon runs.
Thank you for considering my concerns in your final review of Pebble’s EIS.