Wild Border Watersheds

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A database of information resources on the transboundary region’s ecology, cultures and industrial proposals. Use the search tools below to find the resources you are looking for.

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Red Chris

The Big Dig: CTV News Report on Northwest BC Mining Boom

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Red Chris Mine Site: Review of Tailings Impoundment Design

An October 2014 Klohn Crippen Berger review of the tailings impoundment design, water quality predictions, and geohazards at the Red Chris Mine. The review was instigated by the Tahltan Central Council following the failure of the Mount Polley tailings impoundment which released mine waste into the downstream environment.

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Acid Mine Drainage: Mining and Water Pollution Problems in BC

A MiningWatch Canada report that identifies Acid Mine Drainage as the biggest environmental threat from mining in British Columbia.

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Uncertainty Upstream

A June 2015 report from the BC First Nation Energy and Mining Council on potential threats from tailings facility failures in northern British Columbia. 

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Dangerous Dams

A Rivers Without Borders report on how the Mount Polley Mine report shows the inherent risks of watered tailings impoundments in the transboundary Taku, Iskut-Stikine, and Unuk River watersheds. 

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Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Resolution on Negative Effects of Canadian Transboundary Mining

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Video: Xboundary, from Salmon Beyond Borders

This video from Salmon Beyond Borders tells the important story of three rivers in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska that are in danger from mines frighteningly similar to Mount Polley.

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Odyssey to the Sacred Headwaters

Professor Wade Davis describes the beauty of the Sacred Headwaters, the threats to it, and the response of native groups and concerned citizens as part of UBC Reads Sustainability.

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Permitting of “Wet” Mine Tailings Impoundment Facilities in British Columbia and B.C.-Alaska Transboundary Watersheds

Statement of opposition by a large and diverse group of Canadians and Americans calling on the British Columbia government to halt the permitting of wet tailings facilities for new and proposed mines in B.C. based on the Independent Expert Panel recommendations on the Mount Polley mine tailings disaster.

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Salmon Beyond Borders

Salmon Beyond Borders provides information on the mining boom in northwest British Columbia that could threaten Southeast Alaska’s salmon, rivers, fishing and tourism jobs, and unique way of life.

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US Copper Porphyry Mines

An Earthworks report compiling the record of pipeline, seepage control and tailings impoundment failures at operating copper porphyry mines in the U.S., and documenting associated water quality impacts.

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Scientist Letter of Concern About Proposed Development in the Transboundary Watersheds

A letter from 36 scientists to Premier Christy Clark asking for her leadership to balance impending industrial development in northwest B.C. with the outstanding fish, wildlife and ecological values of this largely pristine region.

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