The Chilkat Watershed is one of the most dynamic and biologically diverse areas in all of Alaska, and the place I am fortunate to call home. The Chilkat’s clean water, abundant life, and vibrant communities face potentially irreversible threats from Palmer Project, a proposed sulfide mine located at its headwaters.
Today, I am asking you to take a quick moment to help protect the Chilkat Watershed, by asking the Bureau of Land Management to do its job.
The mining industry is notoriously under-regulated, both in the US and around the world. There are very few tools to protect our clean water and downstream communities from mining impacts, and it’s even more difficult when the government agencies tasked with implementing those few regulations fail to do their jobs. That’s why I’m asking you to speak up and request the public processes the federal government owes us.
Our easy, digital action asks the BLM to fulfill its basic responsibilities to the public by analyzing the full direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the Palmer Project and requiring the Constantine-DOWA Partnership to apply for a right-of-way to access federal mining claims. These are the BLM’s basic responsibilities to the public. Both of these actions would trigger a public process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), resulting in a full evaluation of proposed actions, and opening up public comment periods so you can exercise your right to participate in the decision-making process.
After you take action with the BLM, click here to access the full suite of actions on our Chilkat Action Page. And don’t forget to check out our beautiful new No Palmer Mine merchandise!
It’s going to take all of us working together to protect the Chilkat Watershed and its communities from the Palmer Project. This is an issue that affects all of us, no matter where we live, as corporate interests threaten a crucial watershed that supports biodiversity, wild Alaska salmon, and will likely serve as a climate refugium for vulnerable species. Thank you for standing up for the Chilkat Watershed.
Upper Lynn Canal Organizer