Top image: Salmon in Alaska spawning in their birthplace streams. In many ways, salmon are sources of sustenance for indigenous people in Alaska. The controversial Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska near Lake Iliamna and Lake Clark is considered a threat to the one of the healthiest wild salmon populations left in the world. Should it be put at risk so that a Canadian mining company can extract gold, copper and molybdenum? The EPA in summer 2019 announced that it would not oppose construction of Pebble and that it would go through the NEPA permitting process. Many believe the Trump Administration is risking the alienation of moderate Republicans who identify as conservationists and like to fish if it allows the mine to go forward. Photos courtesy Pat Clayton.