Berners Bay has long been a world, as well as local, treasure. Now, the Kensington Mine, run by Coeur d'Alene Mines, threatens to change that. The combination of heavy boat traffic and wastewater discharge from the planned tailings dump will harm the herring and eulachon populations that spawn in the bay. There is a high probability that the wastewater discharge, the fuel discharge, and oil runoff that accompanies day-in-day-out boat traffic will wipe out these populations.
Salmon, herring and eulchon have been the sustainable framework of the Southeast Alaska economy for thousands of years. If protected, they have the potential to support life and business for generations longer than gold can.
Robert P. Gregovich