Cook Inletkeeper was formed in 1995 in the wake of Exxon Valdez. In 1997, we published our first 'State of the Inlet' report that outlines the bounty of resources in our inlet as well as threats to that abundance.
While we have 27 years of working in the watershed under our belts, we are a small team that relies on volunteers and community members acting as Inletkeepers to protect clean water and healthy salmon. With a watershed the size of entire states in the lower 48 and nearly ⅔ of Alaska’s population residing here, there are myriad issues that pull at our attention. As we’re planning for the future, to make the most of our efforts we would like to hear from community members about what issues they feel are most pressing.
After many years of protecting the Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains, an updated 'State of the Inlet' feels needed to accurately capture the new issues and opportunities that have arisen. While we were unable to safely gather in person with our supporters over the last couple of years, we began the process with a survey. You can view the survey response summary below.
Over the next several months, Inletkeeper will be hosting a series of community conversations to better understand community concerns related to clean water, healthy salmon and strong communities.
Community conversations will dive into survey findings to identify top concerns for each region, ways those issues are already being addressed and opportunities for additional solutions.
Over 400,000 people - nearly 2/3 of Alaska’s population - live in the watershed. Cook Inlet families and communities depend on the watershed’s healthy waters and wild habitats for their livelihoods.
Due to the size and significance of the Cook Inlet watershed, we developed a survey to begin understanding community-specific concerns related to water quality and quantity. Based on the results of that survey, we developed the survey summary below.
State of the Inlet
Much has changed in Cook Inlet and the world since 1997. The new State of the Inlet report will reflect those changes, outline key indicators of watershed health, and solutions to address top concerns across communities. The document will be informed by the survey findings and community conversation outcomes. It will shape our work and how we adjust to meet the needs of communities across the watershed for future generations.