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  • 02 Aug 2013 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Great news segment on KTUU Channel 2 on the 14th

    about the legacy of the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill in Prince

    William Sound.

    http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-nearly-25-years-later-valdez-still-affected-by-oil-spill-20130815,0,5843813.story

     

     

        

  • 01 Aug 2013 12:41 PM | Anonymous

            Bering River Coal Conservation 

          Your Letters and Support Needed

    Could mountaintop removal coal mining occur in

    the Prince William Sound watershed?  Yes, it could. 

    On the eastern side of PWS the Bering River Coalfield

    sits on the headwaters of the Copper River Delta.

     

    "With an estimated 35 million tons of recoverable

    coal, the Bering River coalfield has literally fueled

    a century long battle between conservationists

    and developers. " - Eyak Preservation Council

     

    The Bering coalfield patent was once owned by

    Chugach Alaska Corp. who then sold the patent

    in the 1980's to a South Korean Native Corp.

    Today, the coal patent is up for sale once again.

    And while interests would still like to mine

    the 12,000 acre, high-quality bituminous coal

    tract, the US Forest Service would

    consider assisting with the purchase of the

    patent in order to retire the Bering River coalfields.

      

    Retiring the coalfields would preserve our world

    class salmon habitat, and one of the most important

    migratory shorebird stopovers on the western

    seaboard.  This act would work to change

    the tone and structure of future fossil-fuel

    development discussions in our area which

    must include social and environmental justice.


    "The far-reaching impacts would also include
    leveraging comprehensive conservation deals
    for the Chugach region, and would promote a
    sane and sound connection between healthy
    ecosystems, healthy economies and sustainable
    communities
    ." - Eyak Preservation Council

    The Dept. of Agriculture has advised that more

    Alaskan grassroots support through letters and

    small donations would be necessary in order for

    the Bering River to remain a high priority in the

    Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    Please send your comments to:

    Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

    U.S. Dept of Agriculture

    1400 Independence Ave, NW

    Washington, DC 20250

    Small donations may be made to the Pinchot Institute

    for Conservation which has set up a trust account for

    Bering Coal. If the deal does not go through, donors

    will receive their donation back, with interest.  Send

    donations to the Eyak Preservation Council. 

    http://redzone.org/index.php/current_campaigns

    /bering_river_coal_fields/


  • 31 Jul 2013 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Bristol Bay commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson is named to AK Board of Fisheries.

    See news release here:

    http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/

    1331fritz-johnson-named-to-board-of-fisheries


  • 01 Jul 2013 12:42 PM | Anonymous
    EXXON VALDEZ RECOVERY REMAINS STUCK IN LIMBO

    Federal Judge “Dismayed” over Slow Pace of

    Promised Preliminary Work

    Posted on Jul 15, 2013 by PEER: Public Employees

    for Environmental Responsibility:

    "Washington, DC - Nearly 25 years after the

    massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the

    recovery plan for long-term natural resource

    damages sits on a shelf, according to documents

    posted by Public Employees for Environmental

    Responsibility (PEER).

    In recent court filings, the U.S. Justice Department

    and State of Alaska say they are still waiting for

    long overdue scientific studies before collecting a

    final $92 million claim to implement the recovery

    plan for unanticipated harm to fish, wildlife and

    habitat."

    Read the rest of the article here:

    http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2013/

    07/15/exxon-valdez-recovery-remains-stuck-in

    -limbo/


  • 01 Jun 2013 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    Prince William Soundkeeper Member Capt. Dave Janka

    of The Auklet sent this picture of lingering oil in the

    sub-tidal sediments of Eleanor Island on June 28. 

    Almost 30 years later the Sound is still dealing with

    the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

     


  • 01 May 2013 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Final Chance to Comment to

     EPA on Pebble Mine! 

    Submit all comments by May 31st!

    Online: www.regulations.gov.

    Send an email to ORD.Docket@epa.gov, or fax to

    (202) 566-9744

    Include EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0189 in the subject line.

    Send a Letter by May 31st to:

    Office of Environmental Information
    (Mail Code: 28221T)
    Docket #EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0189
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20460

    COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 31.


  • 30 Apr 2013 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Hazardous Marine Debris Alert!

    Are you walking the beaches of PWS this spring? 

    Be aware of a hazardous marine debris issue with

    10" aluminum pesticide canisters with colored caps/lids

     being found on beaches in WA, OR, British Columbia

     & AK. If found, DO NOT OPEN.  They may contain

    Aluminum Phosphide pesticides which react with water

    or water vapor in the air generating toxic fumes. 

    Read the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Field Crew

    Awareness Information Sheet below:

    Metal Pesticide Canisters_Field Crew Awareness.pdf



            State Legislature shelves ill-conceived
               permitting/ water rules legislation.

    Shelved but maybe not quite dead yet. Still, this is good
    news for Alaskans and their right to determine
    the health and well being of our watersheds.
    PWSK will be keeping an eye out in case this
    zombie arises from the grave again!


    Read more at the Alaska Daily News:

    http://www.adn.com/2013/05/06/2892686/clean-up-bill-to

    -ease-permitting.html


  • 29 Apr 2013 12:45 PM | Anonymous
    The Alaska Department of Natural Resources
    has issued a permit for The Wet Dog Race to
    be held spring of 2014.  The Wet Dog Race is
    a 2,000-Mile / $1M purse endurance jet ski race
    for 1,000 jet skis through the heart of PWS, Cook
    Inlet, Kodiak, through the Aluetians and to Lake
    Iliamna.  What’s at stake - wildlife, seabirds, 
    marine mammals, fish; noise, air, safety and water pollution? Curious minds and 12 environmental
    groups want to know. Presented by Susan Olsen.

    This event will take play on MAY 19 in Anchorage at the
    Tap Root.  There is no admission fee but seating is limited. Come early to get a seat and compete in the science trivia contest with a prize for the winning team.

    Anchorage Science Pub is a local not-for-profit that stimulates interest in science from the general public by organizing brief, entertaining presentations on interesting science topics at local cafes, bars, and other venues. Welcome are folks with no science background, self-identified “science geeks,” and everyone in between, but especially those with curiosity and a sense of humor.
    For info on being a presenter or other details, email:  anchoragesciencepub@gmail.
    com


  • 01 Apr 2013 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Update on the Chugach National Forest
    Plan Revision by the Chugach Working Group                

    The Chugach NF has posted additional
    meeting notes from the forums held across
     the region in February. They can be viewed
     at:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5410264.
    The notes from Hope and Whittier are the only
    two that still need to be posted.

    *History and facts of this issue can be found in our "News,
    Action, Resources" section under "Reports". 
     
    Among the most talked-about topics was "access,"
    which people often defined as meaning more
    routes for snowmachines or other motorized uses.
    Among the least talked-about topics was wilder-
    ness or the fate of the Chugach's 2-million-acre
    Wilderness Study Area. Both the public and the
     Forest Service don't seem to have much to say
    about wilderness, which is surprising since the
    new Forest Plan will most likely produce a new
    wilderness recommendation to Congress.

    To many of us, the current (2002) Chugach NF
    wilderness recommendation to Congress is flawed
    because it eliminates current protections of upper
    Columbia Bay, Glacier Island, Knight Island, much
    of the land around Port Wells, and other areas.
    If these areas are to remain protected, the Forest
    Service should hear more from the public. And to
    do a better job on the Forest Plan Revision, the
    Forest Service should be talking more about
    wilderness, informing the public about an issue
     that currently affects over 35% of the Chugach NF.

    Our group is engaging the USFS and more updates
    will follow soon. But as the Forest Plan process
    continues, please spread the word among your
    colleagues and friends that the Forest Service
    should hear more about the value of wilderness
    protections in western Prince William Sound. And
    drop a line to the agency any time you can to
    remind them of the many benefits of wilderness….
    for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, education,
    science, carbon sequestration, protection of heritage resources, wildlife habitat, wild fish, connecting children to nature, supporting local Alaskan
    economies, and the use and enjoyment by present
    and future people.


  • 06 Mar 2013 12:48 PM | Anonymous
    Parnell seeking to further limit Public Comment

    Late on Tuesday night, March 5, the Alaska State

    House passed HB77 with a vote of 23 – 14. 

    This bill will further cut public participation from

    the natural resource development and use decision

    making process.  It also protects government officials

    from public oversight by blocking citizen appeals. 

    Bills such as this, and the recently passed Cruise

    Ship Waste Water bill that overturned the 2006

    Citizen’s Water Quality Initiative, are direct threats

    to the water quality and the ecosystem health of Alaska. 

    Community participation and oversight is essential

    in making wise and sustainable natural resource

    management plans and decisions.   Please join PWSK

    and Alaska's Environmental Community in making our

    voices heard to our Government Representatives on this very

    important issue.

     

    The Alaska Center for the Environment has set up

    a easy to use comment submission form.   Link here:

    http://akvoice.e-actionmax.com/takeaction.asp?aaid=1512


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