The Chilkat River, Jilkaat Heeni in Tlingit, or ‘Storage Container for Salmon’, provides the world’s largest seasonal bald eagle aggregation, Southeast Alaska’s top wild coho salmon run, and the drinking water of residents of Klukwan and private wells in the Chilkat Watershed - communities that depend on the Chilkat River’s abundant wild salmon for subsistence, economics, and our way of life.
Photo: Michele Cornelius
In 2016, the Chilkat | Jilkaat Heeni was nominated as a Tier 3 waterbody (the highest level of protection for waterways in the US) by the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan because of its enormous cultural, economic, and ecological importance. As stressors in the ocean ecosystem increase, such as plastic pollution and acidification, river habitats like the Chilkat | Jilkaat Heeni become even more critical to the survival of salmon and communities.
REASONS FOR CONCERN:
The construction and operation of the proposed Constantine-Palmer Mine, 18 miles upstream from the Chilkat River and the town of Klukwan, and 35 miles from the town of Haines, could jeopardize the health and well-being of salmon and all who depend on them. The silver, zinc, copper, and gold ore currently being explored by Constantine Metal Resources is located in an area of high rainfall, seismic activity, and in a massive sulfide deposit – which will likely lead to acid mine drainage.
These are just some of the reasons why this proposed mine is a bad idea. Our concerns extend beyond them to include:
IT'S NOT TOO LATE:
Several groups have raised their voices in concern about the proposed Constantine Mine. Subsistence, commercial, and sport fisheries are very worried, as the salmon runs have been declining in recent years. Resistance is building, but greater mobilization is needed to protect the Chilkat | Jilkaat Heeni.
Let’s work together to protect the Chilkat | Jilkaat Heeni and all who depend on it.
• Read about the viability of the mining project in the new analysis commissioned by Rivers Without Borders on Constantine's Preliminary Economic Assessment from Kuipers and Associates here
• Watch the short film Rock, Paper, Fish to learn more about downstream impacts of the project here
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:
• From the Chilkat Indian Village: www.chilkat.org
• From Lynn Canal Conservation: http://www.lynncanalconservation.org/mining
• From Rivers Without Borders: http://riverswithoutborders.org/about-the-region/chilkat
• From Earth Justice: https://earthjustice.org/cases/2017/defending-the-chilkat-river-watershed
For further information, please contact SEACC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-586-6942.