Knowing that these concrete indicators of climate change are affecting Alaskans everyday, Inletkeeper made the trip to the Big Apple and joined the hordes of people in the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March to help represent the front-line communities of Alaska and demand climate action now.
Last week Eric, Kaitlin and I had the privilege to spend a few days working and collaborating with some fantastic people. The Alaskans First Campaign hosted a Statewide Organizers retreat in Talkeetna from Septmeber 28-Oct 2 to bring organizers from Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley together.
Living year-round in Talkeetna I have the privilege of seeing the Susitna River every day. On a beautiful Sunday morning recently I was able to see a part of it that few can, even though it is at the heart of one of the most contentious energy projects in the state. I traveled by jet boat 60 miles upstream of Talkeetna to Devil’s Canyon, an area of the river that hosts Class 6 rapids.
Only 45 miles west of Anchorage, but isolated by Cook Inlet, Beluga is a rugged bush town that's home to few, but a dream to many (including me).
Warm and sensitive might be great traits in a partner but are the last thing a salmon is looking for in a stream
Unfortunately, about a quarter of the salmon streams we’ve been monitoring are already warm by salmon standards and highly sensitive to climate change impacts. Is your favorite salmon stream one of them?
I have always been skeptical of PacRim Coal’s claims to fully restore the Chuitna river to current productivity after stripmining through the salmon streams and wetlands of the watershed; and after doing some stream restoration of my own, I remain increasingly skeptical and even more unsettled by the proposal.
We love when we can buy local, but if you need anything from outside, check to see if your outside sources have charitable gift programs that can be directed to Cook Inletkeeper. This new method of charitable giving can add up to help protect your watershed.
Heather Leba is Cook Inletkeeper's new Alaska Clean Boating Coordinator, based in Talkeetna!
Chisik Island was once a hub of the salmon fishery through the old Snug Harbor Cannery. A visit there is a blast from the past.
Inletkeeper has worked since 2012 to get agency action on King salmon habitat pollution in an Anchor River tributary
The latest National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. The news for Alaska is not good.
With spring now in full force, flora and fauna throughout the Cook Inlet watershed welcome warmer temperatures, becoming more active with the increased sunshine and food sources. Now that Cook Inlet’s sea ice has melted, and hooligan and other prey fish are moving into coastal watersheds, we’re happy to once again catch glimpses of our beloved Cook Inlet Beluga whales.
The ability to recycle electronics helps families, businesses, governments, tribes, and non-profits make responsible waste disposal decisions. It also puts our dollars to work supporting green jobs and re-using precious metals instead of mining for new ones.
Earlier this year, the Department of Fish and Game prepared a report for the Board of Fisheries warning that the late-run of Kenai king salmon might not meet minimum escapement goals this summer.
It is no longer news that 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree that the climate-warming trends we have witnessed over the last century are in fact human caused and it is clear that our reliance on dirty energy are a major contributor. Organizer Eric Booton wonders what that means for the future of his favorite past-time and for the planet.
Cook Inletkeeper Board Member Mike O’Meara had a unique perspective on the Exxon Valdez Oil spill. His view of the event as curator of the "Darkened Waters: Profile of an Oil Spill" exhibit captured the passion of that moment.
Often our work brings us up in the air, and we never leave the ground without a camera to capture Cook Inlet from above!
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"... I am beginning to see the phenomenal potential salmon have to bring people together..." New staff member shares her story and why she is so excited to be working with Inletkeeper.
The best example in recent years has been Buccaneer Energy, the Australian company run by Texans that pushed its way into Cook Inlet chasing massive state subsidies (Buccaneer’s Chairman famously told an industry conference that Alaska is “about the closest thing you're going to get to free money from a government in the world”).