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Hot Takes in A Cold Place: You Can Stop Pebble Mine

TAKE ACTION TO STOP PEBBLE MINE“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult” – Hippocrates That nifty aphorism could apply to the fight against the Pebble Mine aside from the difficulty of judgment part. It is a long fight, seemingly a generational fight, but the one thing we know is that a majority of Alaskans have judged …

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An Agency Boondoggle

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation eyeing take over of federal wetlands permitting program under Clean Water Act Section 404.

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A DEC Budget Trap

So far, only three states in the United States have assumed primacy for dredge and fill permitting in wetlands. One of those states – Florida – assumed permit primacy in the waning days of the Trump administration. Like Governor Sean Parnell before him, Governor Dunleavy wants Alaska to pay for wetland permitting that is now being paid for by the …

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It’s baaaaack!

HB 398 creates more bureaucracy, expense, and red tape that strips Alaskans of our right to protect our waters. This bill is bad.

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Wetland Permitting

The Dunleavy Administration, DEC, mine promoters want state primacy on permitting to streamline industrialization of areas like the Bristol Bay.

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Leg With Louie: A process you never knew you had, and you are about to lose

In 2006 the very unpopular administration of Governor Frank Murkowski approved a regulation allowing the dumping of water pollution into salmon spawning and rearing areas. This regulation was an extreme change to the rules protecting our salmon. Before it went into effect statewide, a review and certification by the Environmental Protection Agency were required. This regulation was so incredibly offensive to everyone besides …

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Leg With Louie: Why the Rush, Pebble?

The federal environmental review of Pebble mine is an obvious rush job and Pebble is throwing millions and millions of lobbying dollars on the dumpster fire of politics in order to ensure the mine receives its critical federal permits before the 2020 presidential election. Alaska departments charged with reviewing the Pebble Mine Environmental Impact Statement have already been cut to …

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The Terrifying Tales Against Yes for Salmon

Each summer while gillnetting sockeye one inevitably catches a few fish that have been dead for a number of days – they are called Ghost Fish in the colloquialism of the back deck – and you can usually smell them before they come over the roller. The smell of a ghost fish can put one over the edge if they …

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We’re Almost There!

I was driving my 7-year-old daughter to school, and as we passed one of many Yes for Salmon yard signs, she asked me, “Momma, how will you feel if salmon wins in November?” Her bright and earnest question made me pause and reflect. SO MUCH IS AT STAKE RIGHT NOW. Our environment, cultures, health, reproductive rights, education–everything we love and …

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Rally in Defense of Alaska Native Women, Children, and the Lands and Waters That Sustain Alaska Native Communities

… United under the banner of “Defending the Sacred” Alaskan groups from across the state have joined together to rally on the opening day of the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The message is a call to action for an end to the violence against women and children and an end to the degradation of Alaskan lands & waters. …