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  • 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


  • 01 Mar 2013 12:47 PM | Anonymous
       Amendment to Fed. Budget bill an attack
       on the National Environmental Policy Act
                   
    The coal companies were able to sneak in a dangerous

    amendment to the Federal Budget Bill that would limit our

    ability to fight the proposed Chuitna coal strip mine, and

    any other such projects that come down the road.  

    Amendment 184 will undermine the ability of federal

    agencies to consider the full impact of coal mines by

    weakening the National Environmental Policy Act. 

    This is a direct threat to water quality and the ability for

    citizens to speak out against the destruction of our

    watersheds.

    Please tell Senator Begich and Senator Murkowski that

    Alaskans want them to protect our fisheries from coal

    development!

    You can use this quick link through the Cuitna Citizen's

    Coalition:

    http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6221/p/dia/action/
    public/?action_KEY=13416

    Or these direct links to the Senators offices:

    http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?
    p=Contact

    http://www.begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenator


  • 01 Feb 2013 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    Prince William Soundkeeper on FaceBook!

    We've joined the Social Networks!  Check out our

    new Facebook page where we will be posting

    the latest information on issues and actions

    regarding Prince William Sound's water quality,

    photos and other interesting items. 

    This will be a great way to hear back from you,

    our members and constituents.  We are looking

    forward to the conversations! 


  • 31 Jan 2013 12:49 PM | Anonymous
    As we consider more and varied methods of resource
    extraction in the state (and around the nation), we
    should also consider how current resource extraction
    has impacted our ecosystem.  Alaska's water quality
    is being attacked from all sides - the loss of our Coastal
    Resources Management Plan, and the recent dumping
    (pun intended) of the 2006 Citizen's Initiative on Cruise
    Ship Waste Water to return to the archaic "Mixing Zones"
    methodology of waste water disposal are two of the
    main examples.  Consider howwe are impacted indirectly
    from other sources as well:

     

    From the 1/16/13 EPA Toxic Release Inventory:

    "Due to extensive metal mining activity and the permitted
    disposal of large volumes of regulated mining waste ,
    Alaska had the highest TRI releases in the nation and had
    a 25 percent  increase in releases from the previous year.
    TRI releases from Alaska metal mines can be attributed
    to increased production, changes in the production process
    or variations in the ore body’s composition." -

    As we all know, copper, arsenic and other toxic waste

    materials from mining activities impact the watersheds

    and rearing streams of salmon.  Without clean, pure water

    to rear salmon eggs, there is no salmon harvest.  And that

    affects us all in the end.


  • 09 Jan 2013 12:51 PM | Anonymous
    Alaska Forum on the Environment
    Feb. 4-8 - Anchorage, Dena'ina Center
    The largest annual environmental conference in the
    Alaska and the Pacific NW will have many tracks on Marine Debris, Water Quality, Mining issues and much, much, more.

    Please go to www.akforum.org to view the complete agenda.
     
    There will be opportunities during the conference to comment to Federal and State agencies on these very important issues affecting environmental health and water quality in Alaska.


  • 05 Jan 2013 12:55 PM | Anonymous
    The Alaska Marine Science Symposium will be held
    in Anchorage at the Hotel Capt. Cook and the Egan Center
    January 21-25, 2013.  For more information go to:
    http://www.alaskamarinescience.org/


  • 02 Jan 2013 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    US Forest Service to hold public meetings

    Regarding the Chugach Forest Plan Revision The US Forest Service is hosting open houses to take place across the communities of the Chugach National Forest during the next month. The purpose is to solicit input for the Forest Plan Revision now underway. They will occur February 7 in Anchorage at the Alaska Forum on the Environment and then around February 20-28 in other communities.


  • 01 Jan 2013 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    Alaska takes a step backwards in protecting our Water Quality

    Alaska House passes bill loosening Cruise Ship

    Wastewater regulations.

    House Republicans passed Gov. Parnell’s bill to allow

    discharge of sewage and untreated wastewater in

    Alaska waters, repealing a provision of the 2006

    citizen initiative that protected Alaskans’ health and

    state fisheries. Parnell’s bill would allow the release

    approximately 1,064,448,000 gallons of sewage and

    wastewater into Alaska state waters every year.

    Read more at the Alaska Daily News:

    http://www.adn.com/2013/02/04/2777212/alaska-

    house-passes-bill-loosening.html

    Senate Finance is hearing SB 29 on Wednesday

    at 9am and taking testimony on Thursday at

    9am. Submit your written testimony to:

    Sen.Pete.Kelly@akleg.gov,

    Sen.Kevin.Meyer@akleg.gov,

     Sen.Mike.Dunleavy@akleg.gov,

    Sen.Click.Bishop@akleg.gov,

    Sen.Donald.Olson@akleg.gov, governor@alaska.gov,

    Sen.Lyman.Hoffman@akleg.gov.

    Contact your Senator, and the governor at

    governor@alaska.gov and tell them that you

    are paying attention, and that you don’t like

    what you’re seeing.


  • 31 Dec 2012 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    2 Bills Proposed To State Legislation Would Further Gut Cruise Ship Pollution Standards

    Governor Parnell introduced SB 29 / HB 80,

     "Cruise Ship Wastewater Discharge Permits" 

    which would essentially gut cruise ship pollution

    standards and veto the citizens initiative on

    the issue that passed in 2006.


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