CIRCAC announces 2017 scholarship awards

$5,000 awarded for environmental sciences and maritime studies April 24, 2017—Kenai—The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) is pleased to announce this year’s CIRCAC Memorial Scholarship recipients to students focused on pursuing coursework in environmental sciences or maritime studies. Receiving the $2,500 James Carter Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Sciences is Michaela Zurflueh from Kodiak » Learn More

CIRCAC welcomes Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

CIRCAC is happy to welcome a new certified Tourism Group member to the organization–the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. The KPTMC promotes the Kenai Peninsula as Alaska’s playground and provides travel information, activities, places to stay, calendar of events and other useful tools through its robust website. You can learn more about our newest certified » Learn More

NOAA releases Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Recovery Plan  

CIRCAC’s 25th Anniversary Report Goes Live

It’s taken some time, but this report was too important to rush. In 2015, CIRCAC celebrated 25 years of citizen representation in Cook Inlet. Justifiably proud of our accomplishments, we have created a special online report to put 25 years of work into perspective. We look forward to providing updates of our significant milestones online. » Learn More

Coastal imaging program fills in Alaska shoreline gaps

Capital City Weekly 92 percent of Alaska’s coastline — including all of Southeast — has been mapped and imaged on The ShoreZone Partnership includes scientists, GIS specialists, web specialists, nonprofit organizations, and provincial, state, and federal government agencies and their website is hosted by the Nature Conservancy. In 2016, the ShoreZone program contracted Coastal » Learn More

BOEM refuses to extend public comment period on Cook Inlet Lease Sale Environmental Impact Statement

September 6, 2016—On September 1, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that there would be no extension for public review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Cook Inlet Planning Area Lease Sale 244. This is despite numerous requests for extension they’ve received over the past several weeks, including one from » Learn More

CIRCAC recertified to 2017

August 24, 2016—Kenai, AK–The U.S. Coast Guard has approved recertification for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) for the 24th consecutive year without exception. Each year, CIRCAC must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard in order to continue operations as the federally mandated regional citizens’ advisory council for Cook Inlet. The U.S. » Learn More

Alaska can’t afford to let oil prices determine spill prevention, by Mike Munger

Among the many lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez oil spill was that it was almost inevitable. “Success bred complacency; complacency bred neglect; neglect increased the risk—until the right combination of errors finally led to an accident of disastrous proportions.” (Alaska Oil Spill Commission 1990.) To combat that complacency, Congress created Regional Citizens Advisory Councils. » Learn More

AOOS launches new Cook Inlet beluga whale portal

AOOS Launches New Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal

CIRCAC releases its 2015 Annual Report

In 2015 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary since creation under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. In our 2015 Annual Report, we chose to focus on the year’s highlights and have created a more comprehensive online report to mark our 25 Years in the Inlet.