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  • 30 Dec 2012 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Congress Removes Funding For Alaska Fisheries and Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris

    From the office of Senator Mark Begich:

    Alaska Natural-Disaster Funding

    Friends,

    Earlier this week, the House of Representatives stripped funding  for the federal- and state- declared Chinook fishery disaster and tsunami debris clean-up in Alaska from the natural-disaster funding bill that passed the House. Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed in this action.


    Alaska's natural disasters will not go away just because they do not receive as much national media attention as other disasters around the country. I have encouraged my colleagues to remember the plight of subsistence fisher-men who are not able to put food on the table this winter, or those Alaskans affected by the tsunami debris littering our beaches.

    The Senate will most likely vote on the House version of the Sandy Bill next week. Though the House may have forgotten natural disaster victims in Alaska, I have no plans to hold up funding for the victims of Hurricane Sandy when the bill comes back before the Senate. I assure you that I am fighting for disaster funding and plan to seek funding for the Chinook fishery disaster and tsunami debris clean up in the next available legislative vehicle.

    Sincerely,
    Senator Mark Begich


  • 14 Dec 2012 12:56 PM | Anonymous


     
         Kayak Island collecting major amounts
                                 of JTMD's

    From Anchorage Daily News 12/14/12 :

    "Debris that gathered this past summer on Alaska's Kayak

    Island made walking on its beaches feel like walking 

    through a natural disaster zone, a federal biologist said Thursday."

    "Jacek Maselko, a biologist with the National Oceanic and

    Atmospheric Administration in Juneau, Alaska, said he

    was somewhat skeptical about what he would find when

    he and a team embarked on a survey of marine debris

    along Alaska's coastline."

    "At Kayak Island, which is in the Gulf of Alaska, "it really, really hit home because that place was just amazing," he said. Kayak and Montague islands tend to be collector sites, prone to larger amounts of debris because of the movement of the winds and currents. But Maselko said the change in the amount and type of debris at Kayak, from when he walked beaches there in 2008, was overwhelming."

    Read the rest of the story here:

    Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/12/13/2723294/biologist-debris-overwhelming.html#storylink=cpy

    http://www.adn.com/2012/12/13/2723294/biologist-         debris-overwhelming.html


  • 28 Nov 2012 12:57 PM | Anonymous
    British Petroleum banned from Federal Contracts



    From the Associated Press:
    "The Obama Administration put a stop to new federal
    contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the
    British oil company for a "lack of business integrity" and
    also disqualifying it indefinitely from winning new leases
    drill on taxpayer-owned lands.

    A lengthy list of criminal counts against BP stemming
    from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
    in 2010 prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to
    temporarily suspend new contracts with BP and its
    affiliates, the agency said.  Existing contracts won't be
    affected.

    "EPA is taking this action due to BP's lack of business
    integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with
    regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil
    spill and response," the EPA said in a statement."

    Read more from the Anchorage Daily News:

    http://www.adn.com/2012/11/28/2706318/bp-suspended-from-new-us-govt.html#storylink=misearch


  • 19 Nov 2012 12:57 PM | Anonymous
    Water Quality Antidegredation WorkGroup will meet
    from 9-10:30 a.m. via teleconference.  The Alaska Dept. of
    Environmental Conservation (DEC) has established an
    advisory Water Quality Antidegredation Workgroup to
    provide DEC with various perspectives and inform the
    department's development of draft implementation
    methods for the state's water quality antidegredation
    policy.  A workinggroup teleconference will discuss
    whether additional changes need to be made to the Draft
    Work Group Report. An updated draft of the report will
    available to the general public and members of the
    Workgroup on November 8th on the DEC website.  The
    decision on whether to hold this meeting will take place
    on November 16 and be posted at:
    http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/wqsar/
    Antidegradation/index.html. For more information,
    contact Brock Tabor at brock.tabor@alaska.gov or
    (907) 465-5023.


  • 30 Sep 2012 12:58 PM | Anonymous
    PWSK Joins EarthJustice petition to U.S. EPA on
    Chemical Oil Dispersant Rulemaking
    EarthJustice is representing a coalition of conservation, wildlife and public health groups in the Gulf region and in
    Alaska in a citizen suit under the provisions of the federal
    Clean Water Act to compel the U.S. Environmental
    Protection Agency to issue a rule on chemical oil
    dispersants. EPA’s current rules - which during the 2010
    Gulf oil disaster failed to ensure that dispersants would be
    used safely - do not fulfill requirements mandated by the
    Clean Water Act.  Currently, regulations dictating
    dispersants eligible for use in oil spills require minimal
    toxicity testing and no threshold for safety.

    For more information on this case go to:

    http://earthjustice.org/our_work/cases/2012/chemical-oil-dispersant-rulemaking


    Clean Harbor Working Group


    A great big standing ovation goes out to the hardworking
    group on the Cordova Clean Harbor Effort, part of PWSK’s Clean Harbor’s Initiative Program.  An amazing 336 surveys
    were collected from Cordova harbor users, including
    tender captains, commercial fisherman, recreational
    boaters, and charter boats.  Thanks goes out to Allen
    Marquette and his team of dedicated volunteers for their
    hard work designing and implementing the survey and disseminating the educational materials.  And thank you
    to the organizations who donated office space, staff time,
    equipment, funding and more: Trident, Copper River
    Seafoods, CR/PWS Marketing, Alaska Sea Grant, OSRI,
    CDFU, and the CRWP.   These surveys will be analyzed
    and used to further more Clean Harbor Initiative Projects
    in the future.  PWSK donated $6,000 towards this project
    as part of the special bequest from Steve Smith, a PWSK
    Founder and Board Member.


  • 29 Sep 2012 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    PWSK supports a YES vote on Ballot Initiative 2 - re-instating AK's Coastal Management Plan.

    The Coastal Management Program originated in federal legislation and the idea was to give local people a voice in development issues that are under federal jurisdiction.   Alaska is the only coastal state without a CMP.  There are federal requirements for what constitutes a state coastal management program, as well as policy that        requires federal agencies to work with state programs.

    PWSK feels that a coastal management plan is a very important tool for ensuring coastal Alaskans have an avenue for providing input into development decisions that affect them.

    For more information on this important voter issue; visit the website of the "Vote Yes" sponsoring organizations:

    http://www.alaskacoastalmanagement.org/


  • 28 Sep 2012 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    Alaska sets up tsunami debris website
    by The Associated Press

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The state of Alaska has set up a website
    to provide information on marine debris, including debris
    from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

    The website was called for by Gov. Sean Parnell as part of an administrative order focused on state agency coordination and public information surrounding the debris issue. Parnell also designated the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as the lead state agency to coordinate efforts to deal with any tsunami debris.

    A Parnell spokeswoman says there are no costs associat-
    ed with carrying out the governor's order at this point.
    The order was signed Monday and released Tuesday.

    The state is still in the process of devising an overall plan
    for addressing the tsunami debris issue.

    The website is at:

    http://dec.alaska.gov/commish/tsunami-debris/ 


  • 28 Jun 2012 1:01 PM | Anonymous
    Wet Dog Jet Ski Race Approved

    The Alaska Daily News reported on June 28, 2012 that
    Alaska Department of Natural Resources has approved
    the permit to hold the Alaska Wet Dog Race.  To read
    the article:

    http://www.adn.com/2012/06/27/2522100/state-approves-2000-mile-personal.html

    Prince William Soundkeeper will continue to monitor the
    activity associated with this race and keep you notified.


  • 24 Jun 2012 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Notice of

    STATEWIDE TELECONFERENCE on July 9

    A public hearing will be held from 9 am to 12

    at the Legislative Information Office on the

    BALLOT PROPOSAL to ESTABLISH a NEW ALASKA COASTAL MANAGEMENT

    PROGRAM (ACMP). The ACMP program that

    expired July 1, 2011 was administered by the

    Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

    The ballot initiative seeks to recreate the

    program to be managed by the Department of

    Commerce, Community and Economic

    Development. The initiative is available at

    http://ltgov.state.ak.us/pdfs/elections/initiatives/2011/11ACMPpdf..



  • 28 May 2012 1:02 PM | Anonymous
        Exxon Valdez oil still very present
                in Prince William Sound

    Capt. Dave Janka of the M/V Auklet took these
    pictures on Eleanor Island on May 26, 2012.





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