Boating season is here! As Alaskans from all over come to enjoy the Susitna Valley’s lakes and rivers on sunny weekends, the amount of gas and oil in the water increases to a dangerous level for fish and other aquatic life. Luckily, there are some things that we can do as boaters to take action and decrease the pollution in high-priority waterbodies like Big Lake and the Little Susitna River.
Last week I attended the 2015 Annual Waterkeeper Alliance Conference in Bouder, Colorado. In attendance were Waterkeepers from around the United States, as well as international Keepers from China, India, Africa, Latin America, Australia, and Iraq, discussing and brainstorming ways to keep our collective waterways clean.
Hannah Baird has joined Cook Inletkeeper for the summer as the new intern! She grew up in Homer and is thrilled to be able to give back to Alaska and the watershed that raised her.
Spring is here and many of us are excited to be launching our boats and kicking off another fun boating season in the Mat-Su and around Cook Inlet! If you run an engine, you deal with oil and gas. Spills can be large and scary, but they can also be small drips and leaks. Luckily, there are some things that we can do as boaters to take action and decrease pollution and protect clean water, healthy salmon, and our backyard while boating.