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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Taku Watershed Resources

A Taku Salmon Stronghold

An appraisal of the potential to establish a Taku Salmon Stronghold, with a review of the Taku watershed’s salmon values in relation to the scientific criteria and other qualifications established by the North American Salmon Stronghold Partnership.

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Review of the Technical Report Dated January 22, 2013, for the Chieftain Metals Inc. Tulsequah Chief Mine Proposal

A Joan Kuyek report that assesses current financial, environmental and other risks faced by Chieftain Metals’ proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

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Taku-Tulsequah River Mining Activity: Background Environmental Monitoring and Potential Mining Effects

A comprehensive and critical review of environmental impacts and risks from past and proposed mining activity in the Taku-Tulsequah drainage, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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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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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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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 for a United Tribal Transboundary Mining Workgroup

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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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Fair Mining Practices: A New Mining Code for British Columbia

A report from the Fair Mining Collaborative, focusing on positive solutions to complex mining issues. A multi-purpose document, it is a valuable resource for First Nations and other communities whether they are developing mining and resource policies based on traditional laws and customs, negotiating with mining companies, grappling with the tide of internet claim-staking, or searching for solutions to the legacy of mines. 

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia

A report by Dr. Jim Pojar exploring the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation and ecological mitigation 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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Grizzly Bear Population Inventory & Monitoring Across the Skeena Region of British Columbia

The Skeena Region represents almost one-third of British Columbia, including the transboundary region, and includes 15 grizzly bear population units. Due to the general lack of baseline information about populations and associated trends, there is no comprehensive plan for regional management of grizzly bear populations and habitats. This report by Clayton Apps, PhD, reviews and assesses current knowledge regarding grizzly bear populations across the region and provides a geographic prioritization of objectives pertaining to grizzly bear population inventory and monitoring.

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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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2014 Map of Current and Proposed Mining, Energy, and Forestry Development in Northwest British Columbia

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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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Pacific Salmon Resources in Northern British Columbia and Yukon Transboundary Rivers

A Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council report examining wild salmon resources in Canadian portions of northern BC and Yukon transboundary rivers. The report notes: "There is limited scientific information, priority identification, or relevant information available to help protect the tranboundary region’s most sensitive spawning and rearing salmon habitats and watersheds being exposed to major resource extraction project development and expansion – i.e. mining in Taku, Stikine, and Alsek, and placer mining regime in Upper Yukon, as well as hydro electric installations, coal bed methane projects, pipelines and transmission corridors."

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Spreading The Risk: Population Diversity Boosts Fishery Resilience

Nature article on population diversity in salmon species that suggests reducing the homogenizing effects of hatcheries on genetic diversity, protecting weak stocks from over-harvesting, and maintaining intact habitat networks should be prioritized.

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Eulachon: A Review of Biology and an Annotated Bibliography

An Alaska Fisheries Science Center review of available literature on eulachon intended to provide a platform for the research that is needed to fill in the many gaps in understanding of this species.

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Southeast Alaska Salmon and Trout: A $1Billion Economic Engine

A Trout Unlimited report on the economic importance of salmon and trout to the economy of southeast Alaska. 

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Sub-lethal Metal Toxicity Effects on Salmonids: A Review

A SkeenaWild report on heavy metals and the lowest concentrations of metals reported to cause sub-lethal effects on salmonids. Heavy metals are common pollutants of aquatic systems, often associated with human activities such as hard-rock mining. Fish are vulnerable to metals because of sensitive organs that are continuously in contact with water, and because metals are highly soluble in water. 

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State of the Salmon

State of the Salmon (SoS) is a Wild Salmon Center program that builds knowledge across borders, linking a greater understanding of Pacific salmon to their improved management and conservation around the Pacific Rim.

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