As one of many neighbors in the Matanuska Valley who fought to protect clean water from threats of coalbed methane development, I want to salute all the locals in the Juneau, Auke Bay and Haines region who have been speaking out to protect Berners Bay from contamination from the Kensington Mine.
The article, "SEACC sues to block Kensington," makes clear that the Corps of Army Engineers was wrong to permit industrial mine waste dumping into a fish-bearing lake.
Citizen action like this is necessary to uphold the Clean Water Act and make sure businesses meet the zero-pollution standard for mine waste when it comes to lakes, rivers and other waterways.
Corporations out to make the highest profit seem to think pollution costs can be offset to the public.
This assumption is dead wrong and it's up to federal agencies to protect our public resources.
When agencies fail, citizens step in. Whether it's aquifers or lakes, water quality requires paramount protection in our justice system.