Former Director James Showalter passes

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jim Showalter, a longtime supporter of CIRCAC, on May 22, 2020. A lifelong Kenai resident, Jim brought a unique and welcome perspective to our organization for more than a decade. He was first elected to the CIRCAC Board of Directors in 2002, as a representative » Learn More

Recertification application open for comments

Each year, CIRCAC undergoes a formal review for recertification by the U.S. Coast Guard. The review ensures we’re meeting our obligations under OPA 90 and properly serving the communities in which we work. This year, the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct its triennial review; a more in depth accounting of CIRCAC’s work and process in » Learn More

Cook Inlet Navigator E-News

In this month’s issue, we welcome Scott Arndt to the Board of Directors, representing the Kodiak Island Borough. Scholarship winners announced and ADEC releases the public comments submitted for its public scoping process for oil spill regulations.

Scholarship winners announced

We are happy to announce the winners for our 2020 program. CIRCAC launched its scholarship program to support area students who are pursuing courses of study that can advance our mission and promote future stewardship of Cook Inlet’s waters and shorelines. The CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship is offered for Maritime Studies. Until his death » Learn More

Cook Inlet Navigator E-News

In this month’s issue, our Board President John Williams offers his thoughts on plans to roll back oil spill prevention and response regulations in Alaska and we meet our new Director of Public Outreach, Shaylon Cochran. You can comment on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s public scoping process for oil spill regulations here. And, » Learn More

Pressures are mounting on Alaska’s oil spill prevention and response system

DEC Extends Public Comment Period for Oil Spill Regulations to March 16, 2020

Commissioner Jason Brune of the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to give the public 60 more days to weigh in on the Department’s regulatory review of Alaska’s oil discharge prevention and contingency plans regulations and Alaska’s oil spill response planning laws. You can submit your comments here.

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee Seeking Members

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (CIHSC) is a non-profit organization that serves as a forum to promote safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maritime operations in the Cook Inlet.  You can learn more about our mission and activities at The CIHSC Managing Board is now soliciting interested applications to fill the following vacant stakeholder » Learn More

CIRCAC partners with Marathon Petroleum Corp., AVTEC to offer new scholarship to merchant mariners

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) has partnered with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to jointly fund an annual $2500 scholarship for students training at the Alaska Maritime Training Center. The Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward is a US Coast Guard-approved training facility which offers a flow of courses needed to become an approved USCG » Learn More

CIRCAC Recertified through 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified CIRCAC to continue as Cook Inlet’s alternative voluntary advisory group permitted under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CIRCAC received the news in a letter dated August 2. Since its creation in 1990 under OPA 90, CIRCAC has consistently been recertified without exception. In his letter, Rear Admiral M. » Learn More