Chilkat River | Photo by Colin Arisman
Chilkat River | Photo by Colin Arisman

#6: Chilkat River, Alaska

Threat: Mining

Stop the mine that will put livelihoods, indigenous culture and salmon at risk.

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Chilkat River | Photo by Connor Gallagher

Chilkat River | Photo by Connor Gallagher

Every year, hundreds of thousands of salmon swim from the Pacific Ocean into Alaska’s Chilkat River to spawn. Local tribes and other communities depend upon the river and salmon for their culture and economy. A proposed copper-zinc mine could change this forever, polluting the river with toxic acid mine drainage. Federal and state agencies have abandoned their responsibility to protect the Chilkat. The local community is trying to resist, and the last hope is to convince the project’s corporate investor, DOWA, that the only responsible course is to back out of this mine to preserve the health of the Chilkat for future generations of wildlife and people.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Alaska Clean Water Advocacy

 

2019 Most Endangered Rivers Infographic

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