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ACTION ALERT - Instream Flow

Participate in 45-day public comment period regarding instream flow, where Alaskans can weigh in on the important choice between salmon or coal.

Background:

On Feb. 23, the Alaska DNR issued a public notice on Instream Flow Reservations for Middle Creek, an important salmon stream in the Chuitna River watershed in Upper Cook Inlet.  PacRim Coal - an Outside corporation run by Texas billionaires - wants to strip mine through nearly 14 miles of wild salmon stream so they can sell coal to China.

This is a historic opportunity, and Alaskans have a simple choice: wild, healthy salmon or coal for China.

SCROLL DOWN TO ACT NOW. The comment period closes April 9th.

Learn more about instream flow rights here and see a fact sheet here.

Talking Points:

1. The state of Alaska has a simple choice between keeping water in streams for salmon or giving 100 percent of it to an Outside coal company to export coal to China.

2. This choice goes beyond just salmon or coal. It is a choice between standing with the values of everyday Alaskans or with Outside companies looking to profit from the destruction of our sustainable fisheries resources.

3. As a first-of-its-kind proposal to mine directly through a salmon stream, PacRim Coal’s proposed Chuitna strip mine would set a terrible precedent that would leave salmon streams across Alaska at risk.

4. The Walker/Mallott Administration can bring integrity back to a permitting process that Alaskans have increasingly grown to distrust.

5. The public comment period on the Instream Flow Reservation is now open and I hope that Alaskans around the state will join me in asking Gov. Walker and the DNR to protect water in streams for salmon and reject coal strip mining through salmon streams.

6. Keeping water in streams for salmon is in the public interest because it’s good for subsistence, recreation, the commercial fishing industry, our economy, and our way of life in Alaska.

Important Facts:

  1. The Chuitna River watershed supports all five species of wild Pacific salmon

  2. PacRim Coal has applied for 100% of the water in Middle creek , an important salmon spawning tributary of the Chuitna River where local Alaskans are trying to reserve water for fish

  3. PacRim intends to strip mine directly through nearly 14 miles of salmon stream to a depth of 300 feet deep; no one has ever successfully restored a wild salmon stream after such intensive development. Ever.

  4. None of the coal will go to Alaska. 100 percent of it will be exported to Asian markets

  5. The Chuitna River is located just 40 miles west of Anchorage on the west side of Upper Cook Inlet

  6. By destroying salmon habitat, this proposal indiscriminately impacts commercial, subsistence, personal use and sport fisheries.

  7. If this short-sighted project proceeds, it will set a dangerous precedent for wild salmon streams throughout Alaska.

Your letter will be sent to the following people:
  • Mr. Tony Degange
  • Ms. Kim Sager
  • Commissioner Mark Myers
  • Mr. Dave Schade
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