Citizens from Anchorage to Kodiak have a unique opportunity be involved in decision making about marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet.
Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Congress established regional citizens advisory councils in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound as avenues for citizen participation. Citizens who volunteer and are elected to serve on the Board of Directors and committees bring to the table a wealth of local knowledge, experience, and expertise, that have contributed greatly to protecting the waters of Cook Inlet from oil pollution.
The Council’s 13 voting member groups include: the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island boroughs; the cities of Anchorage, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, and Seldovia; Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (tourism), commercial fishing, aquaculture, Alaska Native organizations, recreation, and environmental groups.
There are two important committees through which a citizen can further Cook Inlet RCAC’s work — Prevention, Response, Operations & Safety Committee (PROPS) and Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC).
Most committees meet monthly and often by teleconference, because many members live in remote communities throughout Southcentral Alaska. Members should anticipate volunteering 2 to 3 hours per meeting, although this can vary depending on the time of year and the issues addressed.
The Board of Directors meets three times a year to conduct business. For more information, call us at (907) 283-7222 or email email@example.com.