A battle between mines and fish has been ongoing for multiple years in the area of Bristol Bay Alaska. Not only does Bristol Bay have the largest sockeye salmon run in the world, it is also rich in copper and gold.
This has pitted the development of a mine against the protection of the fishery.
This conflict was decided at the end of last month when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) vetoed the mine development.
The decision has been celebrated by environmentalists and Alaska Native tribes. And it wasn’t guaranteed as it was only the 14th time in the 50 year history of the Clean Water Act that the EPA has restricted development due to potential environmental impacts to waterway.
Perseverance and commitment brought this favorable result for the natural environment.
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