Inletkeeper is spearheading the development of an online food hub business for the Kenai Peninsula to increase food security, decrease food miles, fight climate change and strengthen our local communities.
Recent mine waste accidents, which have occurred while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on site working, have resulted in a misleading game of finger pointing; but those who always rail against the “government” need to reconsider who the finger should be pointed at.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently issued a decision on applications filed by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition (CCC) to reserve water for salmon in Middle Creek, a tributary of the Chuitna River in Upper Cook Inlet. Inletkeeper and its partners have been working for more than a decade to protect the Chuitna watershed, because PacRim Coal wants to develop a large-scale coal strip that would be the first project in Alaska history to completely remove a wild salmon stream.
This fall Cook Inletkeeper will be bringing the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival to four locations throughout the watershed. Join us in Anchorage, Homer, Kenai or Talkeetna.
Many people boat, fish and recreate in rivers and lakes in the Mat-Su, but some may not know that adult salmon spawn and juvenile salmon grow in their backyards.
The world does not need another coal mine to supply an already oversupplied seaborne thermal coal market. That’s what our research has shown for quite some time now and it’s why we filed a letter in August with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources explaining how the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Upper Cook Inlet is a white elephant in the making.
Through all of the hours enjoying home-cooked meals with friends and standing in the Chuitna, casting pink flies towards schools of salmon, I was too busy enjoying the moment to recognize that for the residents of the Chuitna watershed, fulfilling moments like this are in jeopardy.
Some helpful tips on how to ensure clean drinking water for you and your family.
Late-July means a lot of things, including time for Inletkeeper's Splash Bash in Homer!
During the summer months it seems that the only thing outnumbering tourists in Southcentral Alaska are the salmon making the annual migration to their spawning grounds. Just as an internal clock tells a salmon the time is now to head to their home habitat, turning the calendar to July sparks the necessity to fish.
Lifelong Alaskan Frank Mullen passed away earlier this week. Frank personified what it means to be a caring and engaged citizen in our democracy - he was thoughtful, tireless, unafraid, smart and committed to the place he loved. Thanks, Frank. We miss you already.
Not just in April anymore, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is piloting an e-cycling opportunity in Homer in conjunction with their quarterly hazardous waste days at the Transfer Facility!
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.
Despite Difficult Logistics, Rural Communities Across Kachemak Bay Participate in Last Month’s Electronics Recycling Day – Over 5,000 pounds of E-Waste Collected and Recycled!
Our legislative session is just about closed, and in its wake, we’re staring at massive cuts to schools, roads, emergency responders, habitat protection and many other essential services we expect from our government. We’re told these cuts are necessary to “live within our means” during a time of low oil and gas prices, yet under our current tax regime, we’re literally paying the richest corporations on the planet hundreds of millions of dollars each year to take our fossil fuel wealth. So, the problem isn’t Alaska’s financial wherewithal, but rather, our priorities in how we allocate our money.
“Alaska has the best resource management system in the world.” If you’ve been here a while, you’ve heard that statement in some form or another. But in Cook Inlet, it’s increasingly hard to believe we’re managing our resources in a sustainable fashion.