Take Action to Protect Alaska’s Chilkat River from Mining Impacts

April 18th, 2023

Brown bear tracks in the sand along the Chilkat River

Brown Bear Tracks on the Chilkat River
Shannon Donahue photo

Today, American Rivers named Southeast Alaska’s Chilkat-Klehini river system the 8th most endangered river in the United States, due to the proposed Palmer Mine, a copper-zinc mine at the headwaters of the Chilkat Watershed. The Chilkat Watershed sustains Southeast Alaska’s strongest wild Pacific salmon runs, and brown (coastal grizzly) and black bears, people, and the entire ecosystem depend on those salmon and the clean, unpolluted water that sustain them.

We’ve partnered with American Rivers and Alaska Clean Water Advocacy to raise this issue to national attention, and you can help with that.

We’ve made it easy for you to write to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Mary Peltola to ask Congress to direct the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to intervene and ensure that the Clean Water Act is being properly administered in the Chilkat Watershed. It just takes a moment, and you can start with the action below. Then, share it with your friends through social media, email, text message, or however you like to communicate. Ask them to take action to protect one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in Alaska.

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