Listen up folks, I know you are tired of hearing about it. Unfortunately, you'll keep hearing about it until we win this thing. And opportunities are within relative sight these days for some substantial victories in this fight against Pebble.
We clearly have the eye of the EPA and well, suffice it to say, it is clear from the watershed assessment that they are concerned. And, the panel that peer reviewed the Watershed Assessment, expressed some heavy concern too. Sure they noted the Assessment needed more info such as that "official" mine plan that Pebble is sitting on. But, when that info is gathered there seemed near unanimous argument that the Assessment underestimated risks to Bristol Bay. They also noted, for example, that water treatement in perpetuity was "a scary" proposition. One former state employee admitted that despite best intentions, the state doesn't have the capacity to deal with a mine like Pebble. State agencies, she noted, "are too controlled by the whims of politics, money," etc. .
What does this all mean? It is time to double down.
If you haven't heard, there is a bit of a challenge going on to raise funds for one of the leading organizations in this effort to protect Bristol Bay: Trout Unlimited.
Thanks to a generous supporter, donations made to the Save Bristol Bay campaign through the Sportsmen’s Challenge will be automatically matched, up to $200,000. The donations will be used to fund the effort to protect this unrivaled sport and commercial fishery of Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Listen, there are a lot of groups doing good work in this campaign. They are one of the leading groups in this fight, doing some really great work. They work accross the board with all the stakeholders ranging from Alaska Native leadership to the commercial fishing community. They know how to work with and build coalitions.
So, supporting their work is of utmost importance.
Listen, if you haven't noticed, we are fighting one of the world's largest mining companies here. Despite the rhetoric that conservation organizations get rich off of fighting development, that is hardly the truth. After all we work for non-profits. Not-for-profits!!! We are not in this for the money, clearly. But it takes money to do the work.
Every dollar counts when you are fighting a company with unlimited resources at their disposal. So folks, I've said it before and I'll say it again. As anglers we must stand up in different ways for our sacred waters and this is one of those times. If you can't donate, you might know folks who can. Perhaps you are a guide and have some potentially generous or concerned clients, don't be afraid to spread the word. This is a collective effort for a fishery of global importance.
So, double down with the Sportsmans Challenge!