From March 11 to March 24, Inletkeeper is in the running for an exciting clean boating grant from the BoatUS Foundation. We're one of eight finalists from around the country chosen to receive up to $10,000. The catch? We need your vote!
For decades, Alaska had strong safeguards in place to regulate the application of toxic herbicides and pesticides around our fish streams and drinking water supplies. In March 2013, the Parnell Administration issued new rules that eliminated Alaskans from decisions about spraying toxic pesticides and herbicides on state lands and rights-of-ways, and created a vague one-size-fits-all general permitting scheme to facilitate more spraying.
The State has already spent $190 million studying whether or not a 735-foot dam on the Susitna River is a good idea. The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) recently announced during a Senate Finance Committee meeting that they had squirrel away $33.5 million from previous appropriations for the dam. It is their intention to use these funds to keep this ill-conceived mega-dam project afloat for the next few years.
On Feb. 23, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources released a public notice asking Alaskans to comment on whether water should be reserved in Middle Creek to protect wild salmon populations. This is one of the most important decisions in Alaska history for protecting wild salmon stocks. Middle Creek lies in the Chuitna River watershed in Upper Cook Inlet. An Outside corporation run by two Texas billionaires – PacRim Coal LLC – wants to drain all the water from Middle Creek so it can mine 300 feet down through salmon habitat and sell coal to China.