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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Schaft Creek

Predicting Water Quality Problems At Hard Rock Mines: A Failure of Science, Oversight, and Good Practice

An Earthworks white paper summarizing and analyzing the groundbreaking studies by Ann Maest, PhD, and Jim Kuipers, P.E.: Comparison of Predicted and Actual Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: the reliability of predictions in Environmental Impact Statements, and; Predicting Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: Methods and Models, Uncertainties, and State-of-the-Art
 

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Stikine River Mining Activity Risk Assessment

A comprehensive and critical review of the environmental effects monitoring programs for the proposed Galore and Shaft Creek mines in the Iskut-Stikine watershed, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 

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Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Resolution for a United Tribal Transboundary Mining Workgroup

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Acid Mine Drainage and Effects on Fish Health and Ecology

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage Field Office, report on acid mine drainage and the substantial risks that AMD poses to fisheries. 

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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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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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Letter of Concern to the Alaska congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of State

A letter from Alaskan commercial and sport fishing groups, businesses, communities, tribes, conservation groups and individuals concerned that mining development in northwest British Columbia poses significant risks to downstream Alaskan interests, including water quality, customary and traditional fishing and hunting, commercial and sport fisheries and tourism. The groups request assistance and leadership from the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the U.S. Department of State to identify appropriate mechanisms to provide specific guarantees the natural resources Alaskans depend on will not be harmed by upstream development.

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Letter of Concern from the Alaska Congressional Delegation to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

A letter of concern from the Alaska congressional delegation to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the proposed development of several hardrock mines in British Columbia and water quality in transboundary rivers that flow from Canada into Southeast Alaska. 

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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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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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