CIRCAC awards $5000 in scholarships

Cook Inlet RCAC awards $5000 in scholarships    Winning students are first recipients under CIRCAC’s new scholarship program May 11, 2015—Kenai, Alaska—Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) has selected two Alaskan students to receive a $2500 scholarship each under its new scholarship program, inaugurated to coincide with the organization’s 25th Anniversary. Under the program, CIRCAC » Learn More

Online tool aids oil spill response

By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion Chemical oceanographer Sue Saupe said in 1990 and 1991, when she studied the long-term impact of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, she had trouble finding locations for productive study because the coastline of Prince William Sound was incompletely surveyed. “I was working for the University (of Alaska Fairbanks) and » Learn More

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee prepares to seek members

By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee, a nascent non-profit group intended to foster collaboration on safety issues in Cook Inlet waterways, is drafting a charter and preparing to solicit members in preparation for a first meeting planned in June. Once established, the Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee will recommend plans » Learn More

Some big programs start small but grow

CIRCAC has pioneered ways of gathering environmental data and making that data available to industry, regulators and the public Alan Bailey Petroleum News Week of March 29, 2015–Formed under the terms of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has » Learn More

Getting up close and personal with Alaska’s coastline

Originally a CIRCAC pilot project, Alaska ShoreZone has expanded to include multiple partners mapping the entire coastline of the state of Alaska. Erin McKittrick writes about the program’s amazing features in this Alaska Dispatch story.

Elections and appointments process is under way

The Cook Inlet RCAC is in the process of accepting nominations and appointments to fill seats on the Board of Directors whose 3-year terms are expiring in 2015—commercial fishing groups, aquaculture associations, and the Cities of Homer, Kenai and Kodiak. For more information, contact Jerry Rombach at (907) 283-7222, toll free at 800-652-7222, or by » Learn More

Cook Inlet would benefit from a Harbor Safety Committee–here’s why

By Capt. Paul Mehler III Peninsula Clarion: Voices of Alaska, Nov. 22, 2014 In a recent editorial, (Harbor Safety Committee proposal needs clearer goals, Nov. 15) the Peninsula Clarion questioned the reasons for creating a Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (HSC) and asked what role a Harbor Safety Committee would play that isn’t already being » Learn More

Comment period extended for risk assessment

The comment period for the Cook Inlet navigational risk assessment has been extended to October 27, 2014. Read more.

Born in spill planning, uses for Alaska ShoreZone tool expanding

Born in spill planning, uses for ShoreZone tool expanding Molly Dischner, Alaska Journal of Commerce Screen shot/AJOC A program originally brought to Alaska to support oil spill planning and response efforts in Cook Inlet has since expanded to most of the state with uses from coastal monitoring to art and education. The coastal mapping endeavor » Learn More

Cook Inlet RCAC Board announces appointments

April 28, 2014—Kenai–The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC) met for their Council and Annual Meeting in Kenai on April 25, and confirmed the following appointments and reappointments to the Board of Directors and committees: Board of Directors (3-year term): Michael Opheim, representing Alaska Native Interest Groups Deric Marcorelle, representing Environmental Interest Groups Grace » Learn More