Clean Air and Water

Ensuring clean air and water, healthy subsistence resources

Alaska is home to the largest remaining pristine ecosystems in the United States. Trustees for Alaska works to ensure it stays that way. Without vigilance, Alaska’s iconic and pristine character could become one of toxic dust, dirty water, and devastated fish and wildlife populations. Alaskans rely on clean water and air and toxic-free environments. Not only are two of Alaska’s major economic drivers—fishing and tourism—reliant on that unspoiled quality, but everyday Alaskans who provide for their families working in those industries or by hunting, fishing, and gathering also rely on clean air and water. Large-scale industrial mining projects threaten Alaska’s clean air and water. Once in place, these mines emit toxic dust into our air, draw clean water out of our streams, and discharge dirty water laden with chemicals onto the tundra, and into our rivers and oceans. Under current state statutes and regulations, there is hardly any oversight to minimize the environmental impacts of mineral exploration. Public notice and the ability for citizens to weigh in on decisions directly affecting them are limited or nonexistent. The scale tips toward mining companies—often from foreign countries—and away from Alaskans. Trustees for Alaska works to bring the scale back into balance so that we aren’t compromising our clean air, clean water, and healthy subsistence resources.
Our latest Clean Air & Water program work includes:
  • Protecting pristine salmon habitat and the world’s largest wild sockeye fishery from the proposed Pebble mine. 
  • Fighting legislation that would make it easier for projects to pollute our air and water and cut Alaskans out of the decision-making process.
  • Ensuring that the public has a say before the State of Alaska allows industries to pollute our water.
  • Protecting the clean water, fish, and wildlife resources of the Cook Inlet watershed.
Scroll and click on the stories below to learn more about what Trustees for Alaska is doing to keep Alaska’s environment clean and healthy.
Kim Williams Guest Blog: Pebble Is Not a Victim

Kim Williams Guest Blog: Pebble Is Not a Victim

Guest Blog: Kim Williams is the Executive Director of Nunamta Aulukestai, a coalition of ten Alaska Native Village Corporations and Alaska Native Tribes. Nunamta…
Pebble Attacks Continue on Those Opposed to The Mine

Pebble Attacks Continue on Those Opposed to The Mine

Pebble continues its desperate attempts to intimidate its opposition by issuing more non-party subpoenas. Trustees for Alaska filed a motion to quash the subpoena of our client fisheries and aquatic scientist Carol Ann Woody’s.
EPA Cleared of any Wrongdoing for Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

EPA Cleared of any Wrongdoing for Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

The Office of Inspector General Report clears EPA of any wrongdoing in the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and dispels Pebble’s complaints that it was treated unfairly by the Federal Agency tasked with protecting the environment.
Wishbone Hill Expired Mining Permit Challenged

Wishbone Hill Expired Mining Permit Challenged

Trustees for Alaska gave oral argument in a case challenging Usibelli Coal Mine’s expired permit at the proposed Wishbone Hill strip mine in the Matanuska Valley.
IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

Trustees for Alaska’s important cases for 2016 in five programmatic areas of climate change, America’s Arctic, clean air and water, marine ecosystems, and wild lands and wildlife.
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