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.
Exactly one year after the death of HB77 I was amazed to be able to stand with Judy and Larry Heilman from CCC and collect comments to DNR regarding their in-stream flow reservation on the river they love.
The Clean Water Act sets a national goal to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our Nation’s waters. We support the proposed rule to clarify the process to determine which streams and wetlands are protected under the Act and believe the impact of the proposed rule will be decidedly positive for Alaskans.