Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee meets

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (CIHSC) met virtually on March 10th. The committee connects environmental, marine and business interests in the region and, with a focus on maritime safety, shares some common goals with CIRCAC.   “It’s been great to see this group come together,” said Michael Munger, CIRCAC Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer for » Learn More

Board of Directors Update – April 2021

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council Annual and Board of Directors meeting was held virtually on April 9th, 2021. Remote meetings continue as a precaution to protect the health and safety of CIRCAC staff and directors.   Representatives from Hilcorp provided an update on the natural gas pipeline leak that was identified on April 1st. » Learn More

Board of Directors Update

Despite the numerous challenges we’ve all faced over the past year, CIRCAC has been able to continue conducting its business remotely and the December 4th CIRCAC Board of Directors meeting was held via video conference. The Board was happy to welcome two new Ex-Officio members to the organization; Anthony Strupulis from the State Pipeline Coordinator’s » Learn More

Scholarship applications now open

CIRCAC is now accepting applications from qualified Cook Inlet students for our next round of $2,500 scholarships offerings. Since 2014, CIRCAC has awarded 12 deserving students scholarships to further their careers in environmental sciences or maritime and technical studies. The CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship is offered for Environmental Sciences, in honor of the late James Carter and » Learn More

CISPRI expands response fleet

Cook Inlet’s response fleet will enjoy an increase in its on-water storage capabilities this year. Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc. (CISPRI) announced that it has finalized purchase of the 80,000 barrel Sasanoa Barge. The vessel will be used primarily as contingency temporary storage when other barges are out of service or out of » Learn More

CIRCAC is hiring

  Administrative Assistant   Part-time position available immediately at Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council in Kenai, Alaska. Primary duties include planning meetings and events, arranging travel, supporting board and staff, phones and light clerical. Proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel and others preferred. Accounting knowledge a plus. Wage DOE. Hours to be determined. Some travel. » Learn More

New app encourages citizen science

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is enlisting citizen help for identifying and documenting marine megafauna. The department has developed a new mobile app, called Ocean Alert, that will help BOEM plan offshore energy and mineral development “in ways that lessen the potential impacts to species such as sea turtles, sharks and whales » Learn More

December Council meeting to be held virtually

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Dec. 4th. This end of the year meeting is typically held in Anchorage. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, the meeting will be held remotely via video conference.

CIRCAC Announces Personnel Changes

As we near the end of 2020, CIRCAC administrative staff are taking on some new roles. Our current Administrative Assistant, Maddie Jamora, will be moving into her new position as Director of Administration. Jerry Rombach, our Director since 2011, will move into a part-time role focusing on special projects come the new year.

Barge grounding shows importance of response coordination

Maintaining safety and preparedness in Cook Inlet takes vigilance and, more importantly, communication. The recent grounding of CISPRI Barge 141 demonstrates the quality of that communication in Cook Inlet between partners in industry, government and public stakeholders.