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Inspired by the Patagonia-sponsored film Damnation, the Susitna River Coalition decided to fund the creation of a film that told the story of the fight against the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. Thus Super Salmon was born, directed and created by Alaska filmmaker Ryan Peterson with the support of Patagonia. The film follows the incredible journey of […]
Wild salmon define who we are as Alaskans; they shape our cultures, they feed our families and they support our local economies. Yet today, Alaska’s laws and rules contain few hard and fast safeguards to protect the water and other habitat salmon need to thrive. More specifically, there is no requirement to retain sufficient water […]
As our third mild winter in a row brightens into spring in southcentral Alaska, we are seeing a new indicator of our changing climate: spruce aphid. Originally from Europe, spruce aphid has become established along the Pacific west coast infesting spruce trees especially along tidewater areas and other stressed environments. In Alaska, spruce aphid has […]
Hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking”—has jumped into the American lexicon in the past decade, largely due to the advent of directional drilling technology targeting shallow shale gas plays in the Lower 48, and the drinking and groundwater contamination threats they pose. The Bush Administration compounded the problem when Dick Cheney—fresh off his stint running Haliburton, the world’s […]
This summer I have been granted an amazing opportunity to work with Cook Inletkeeper as the ACF Ted Smith Conservation Intern in Homer, AK. I am currently a junior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, studying Environmental Studies, a major that I have found much passion in. I am from the Big Island of […]
By Maya Goodini, Inletkeeper Intern, Summer 2016 The rich salmon-filled streams of Cook Inlet are a crucial part of what gives this region a sense of place, an identity. Salmon fisheries and canaries have played a significant role in shaping the history of Cook Inlet. Wild salmon are the heartbeat of south-central Alaska and define […]
Paid for by Cook Inletkeeper. Top 3 donors to Inletkeeper Action Fund are: David McCargo, Anchorage, Alaska; Peter Mjos, Anchorage, Alaska; John and Rika Mouw, Homer, Alaska.