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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 39: ENVS Capstone: Bristol Bay Salmon and Pebble Mine: Maximizing Pebble's Economic Potential at Minimal Ecological Risk

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This proposal attempts to shed light on the importance of Alaska's Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fisheries for commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, and the native tribal populations in Bristol Bay. However, the abundance of gold and copper deposits in nearby Pebble Mine, valued at $500 billion, presents development risks that threaten the ecological health of the Bay. Ultimately, this thesis will propose a number of solutions that would allow for the partial extraction of economically valuable resources from Pebble Mine in ways that would minimize ecological risk to the Bay and its fisheries. These solutions will primarily include implementation of green mining techniques, waste storage improvements, and varying degrees of extraction, compared in the context of a cost-benefit framework to eventually arrive at an ideal solution.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library