Unuk River

Canada’s KSM Mine Jeopardizes Southeast Alaskan Communities and Regional Economy, with No Benefit to Alaska

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ATTENTION: Take action to protect the Unuk River here or scroll down.

The construction and operation of the KSM Mine in British Columbia, at the headwaters of the Unuk River 19 miles from the Alaskan border, could jeopardize the health and well-being of Southeast Alaskan communities and our regional economy. 

Clean water and salmon fuel Southeast Alaska’s $2 billion/year fishing and tourism economy, sustain our communities, and are integral to our cultural practices. As one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, the proposed KSM could permanently transform the upper Unuk and Nass Rivers, filling entire tributaries of these salmon strongholds with billions of tons of acid-generating rock. The massive scale and untested mitigation measures of the KSM proposal put downstream water quality, salmon, and communities at risk, and would require water treatment for at least 250 years, if not forever, to protect the Unuk.

A number of communities throughout Southeast Alaska have already spoken out against the KSM project because of the harm it could cause them. Thus far, the BC government has proven incapable of monitoring and enforcement over the mining industry. 

Let’s work together to protect the Unuk River.

Take Action:

  • Sign our petition to oppose the KSM mega-mine here
  • Contact decision-makers to request their public opposition to this project
  • Participate in your local Fish and Game Advisory Committee  to let Alaska Department of Fish and Game know your needs, concerns, and interests in changing or upholding the regulations that impact your community
    • There are many ways to get involved:
      • Submit a proposal to your local Advisory Committee (AC) or directly to The Board to change fish or game regulations
      • Submit written comments to your local Advisory Committee or directly to The Board on proposed changes
      • if you really want to get involved, consider seeking a nomination to your local Advisory Committee, after attending meetings to learn how ACs work
    • Contact your regional coordinator for details and meeting schedules
  • Write a letter to the editor in your local paper (see factsheets for talking points)
  • Host an event and spread the word (download the KSM and Unuk factsheets)
  • For assistance, please contact SEACC at info@seacc.org or (907)586-6942

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