Yes For Salmon
We are working to pass the Yes for Salmon (Measure 1) ballot initiative. The Yes for Salmon ballot initiative is the culmination of years of work to give Alaskans a voice in the decision making process, bring more transparency and a responsible and balanced approach to large-scale development projects.
The measure creates accountability for large scale developers yet allows streamlined processes for vital infrastructure development for rural communities. This initiative responsibly balances economic development with salmon habitat protection – creating clear and fair rules that will bring certainty and stability to major development projects in Alaska.
This measure puts Alaskans in charge of protecting our state’s salmon economy and way of life for generations to come.
Get the Facts!
Alaska’s law permitting development projects in salmon habitat is outdated and ineffective. It lacks clear rules for protecting salmon habitat and creates uncertainty for the development community as well as all Alaskans who care about protecting salmon. Meanwhile, continued declines in our wild salmon runs and pressure from foreign mining companies put Alaska’s legacy of strong wild salmon at risk.
We are looking to solve five major deficiencies in current law. We seek to:
- Give Alaskans a voice in the permitting process by providing public notice and an opportunity to participate in important decisions that may impact Alaska’s legacy of wild salmon.
(Currently, the law provides for no public process whatsoever)
- Create enforceable rules for habitat protection like protecting water quality, protecting instream flow levels, ensuring fish passage, and maintaining riparian areas that support the sustainability of Alaska’s fisheries and guide responsible development.
(right now there are no rules or standards in the law)
- Give the Alaska Department of Fish and Game the authority they need to protect fish habitat and permit activities in the state.
(Currently, ADF&G only has permitting authority over water bodies that are in the anadromous waters catalog which ADF&G estimates contain less than 50% of the salmon streams in Alaska)
- Create a two-tier permitting system to streamline permits for minor activities and provide more scrutiny for projects that are more complex and have the potential to significantly impact fish habitat.
(Current law process all applications the same way whether they are for a stream crossing or pebble mine)
- Promote responsible development by requiring projects to avoid or minimize adverse impacts to fish habitat before a permit is issued and by preventing development activities that will substantially damage fish habitat and threaten the sustainability of our fisheries.
(Under current law ADF&G does not have the authority to say no to irresponsible projects)