What's the Problem?

Good question. Alaska is recognized as a world leader in responsible fish and habitat management. Alaska has numerous policies, acts and regulations that have been updated over the years and work together to protect fish habitat. Stand for Alaska believes the ballot measure is a misguided attempt to improve salmon habitat protections that will have serious unintended consequences for Alaska and Alaskans. 


How does the ballot MEASURE impact alaskans?


Rural & Community Projects

Costs for public infrastructure projects will increase dramatically. Some vital projects will not go forward. The ballot measure would make the development of roads, wastewater treatment plants, dams, ports and other infrastructure nearly impossible or cost prohibitive, particularly in rural Alaska. 

Alaskan Jobs

Jobs would be lost as major sectors of Alaska’s economy suffer. Tens of thousands of Alaskans work in community and resource development, construction and other industries impacted by the proposed regulations. High operating costs and abandoned projects would cost Alaskans jobs. 

Private Property

Private property owners would see their rights restricted. All projects on private property, from building a bridge over a creek to withdrawing river rock, would require a permit. 


Resource Development

Threatens the future of existing and new development projects. Existing oil and gas infrastructure and hardrock mines would have been difficult, if not impossible to permit if this initiative had been in place when they were developed. The initiative will cause delays, add cost and potentially prevent future projects. 

Alaska Native Corporations

Challenges the rights of Native corporations to determine how they develop their land and resources. In 2016, $67.7 million was distributed to Alaska Native regional, village and non-village corporation shareholders from development projects on Native lands. 

State Budget & Permanent Fund

State budget problems would worsen and royalty payments into the Alaska Permanent Fund would decline. The initiative would slow down or stop completely new or existing projects that generate income for state government and the Alaska Permanent Fund. 

Our Fish Habitat Acts & Policies Are Not Outdated

Alaska boasts a robust, science-driven permitting system, regulated by many state and federal acts that have been added and updated over the years. Each year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) adds new bodies of water to their list of protected fish habitats. When the list is revised, ADF&G posts a notice, inviting public comments on the updates to the catalog.


Anadromous Fish Act
Water Use Act
Special Area Permitting Program
Alaska Statute 38.05.035(e)
Fishway Act/Fish Passage
Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act


Clean Water Act Section 404
Clean Water Act Section 401
Clean Water Act Section 402
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
Magnusen- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act


Rivers and Harbors Act
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Pacific Salmon Treaty Act of 1985
Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982