A rally to protest the Pebble Mine exploration currently under way in the Bristol Bay watershed area near Lake Clark National Park & Preserve is being held today.
At noon, members of the online Facebook group Rally for Bristol Bay are gathering to protest the continued exploration of Pebble Mine.
On Friday, state regulators suspended the permits for continued exploration at the cooper and gold deposits.
A settlement agreement with the Pebble Partnership has laid out clear conditions that must be met before the permits are reinstated.
But members of Rally for Bristol Bay want the state to take stronger action and terminate all exploration efforts in the area.
The region being explored serves as the watershed for Bristol Bay and is the spawning ground for wild salmon.
Bristol Bay's economy is largely based on salmon fishing and it is feared that mining efforts will destroy native salmon habitat and have long-term negative impact on the Bristol Bay economy and fisheries.
The Rally for Bristol Bay aims to put pressure on state legislatures to consider all those impacted by mining exploration - both human and wild.
The Rally will be held between noon and 1pm today at the Robert B. Atwood Building, 550 W. 7th Avenue, downtown Anchorage.