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Scientists available to explain peer review meetings on EPA’s Bristol Bay watershed report

Anchorage – A panel of 12 expert scientists will add their input to the EPA’s draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, the last step in finalizing the report on Bristol Bay’s healthy watershed and epic fisheries. The scientists will consider the report’s findings on the impacts of a massive mine, such as the proposed Pebble Mine, on the clean, productive waters and habitat of the Bristol Bay region.

What: Peer Review Panel of Science Experts

When:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7 - 9
Where: Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, 600 West Seventh Avenue, Anchorage

The first two days can be viewed via live webcast at:

Peer Review Meeting Day 1 Webcast: Tuesday, August 7 (beginning at 8:30 a.m. AST)

Peer Review Meeting Day 2 Webcast: Wednesday, August 8 (beginning at 8 a.m. AST)

*Instructions for watching the webcasts: After clicking the links above, select Enter as a Guest, then enter your name in the Name field (or leave it blank); select Enter Room

The peer review meetings will likely be highly technical. To help explain the science behind the report and provide context about the potential impacts of a massive mine like Pebble at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, three scientists are available to discuss the assessment:

Dr. David Chambers, a geophysicist, is president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, a non-profit corporation that provides technical assistance on mining and water quality. He has 35 years of experience in mineral exploration and development. 406-599-0537 or dchambers@csp2.org

Dr. Carol Ann Woody, a fisheries biologist, teaches at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the University of Idaho, Moscow, and runs her own consulting firm. Previously she served as a research scientist with the US Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center and the Forest Service. 907-242-3496 or carolw@alaskalife.net

Dr. Daniel Schindler, is a professor in the Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and Biology departments at the University of Washington whose research focuses on aquatic ecosystems and anadromous fishes. deschind@uw.edu

Bristol Bay produces an average of 37.5 million adult fish every year. The fisheries and natural resources support 14,000 jobs and generate more than $500 million in economic benefits annually.

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