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Hydraulic mining during Hope’s gold rush brought the town riches and residents.

But local marine life was not so fortunate. Mining activity fundamentally changed the shape and flow of Resurrection Creek, destroying habitat for its many types of salmon.

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Supporters and opponents of Pebble Mine are awaiting the release of the Army Corps of Engineer’s final environmental impact statement, due out later this year.

The draft statement came out last February, followed by a 90-day public comment period. Since then, the Corps has been reviewing and integrating those comments into its decision on whether or not the mine should be allowed to proceed.

Mark Hamilton, vice president of external affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, is optimistic the decision will fall in Pebble’s favor but not optimistic that the decision will put an end to protests over the mine.

“Well, I can tell you that Pebble is very, very confident that we will get a positive record of decision, and I can predict to you without any doubt that it will not stop any of the screams and the yells,” Hamilton said.

Update on mining projects in the Alaska with Deantha Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Mining Association.