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If developers dig the one-mile-wide and quarter-mile-deep Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, how many acres of wetlands would be destroyed?
The correct answer is: more than 3,500 acres.
The Bristol Bay watershed provides vital habitat for 29 fish species, more than 190 bird species, and more than 40 terrestrial animals. Bald eagles, moose, brown bears, rainbow trout, freshwater seals, Pacific walruses, north Pacific right whales, and beluga whales all live in the region.
As proposed, the Pebble Mine would destroy thousands of acres of wetlands and miles of salmon streams in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
The mine—which would sit at the headwaters of two of Bristol Bay's most productive salmon producing river systems—threatens a region that depends on clean water and intact ecosystems that support its iconic wildlife, 14,000-plus seafood-industry jobs, a world-class sport fishing sector, unmatched tourism opportunities, and vibrant local cultures.