Prince William Sound https://www.pwsrcac.org Regional Citizens' Advisory Council Wed, 19 Jan 2022 23:17:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.pwsrcac.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-PWSRCAC_logo_Blue_Icon-square-favicon-32x32.png Prince William Sound https://www.pwsrcac.org 32 32 Council Board meeting will be virtual, January 27-28 https://www.pwsrcac.org/announcements/council-board-to-meet-in-january/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:16:50 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23207 The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council will hold a virtual board meeting, via video and teleconference, on Thursday and Friday, January 27-28, 2022. Those interested in attending can do so by teleconference or videoconference:  Links to live stream, meeting agenda, and materials for January 27 and 28, 2022 meeting The tentative schedule for ... Read more

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Community Corner: Committee volunteer recognized for achievements in conservation https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/community-corner-committee-volunteer-recognized-for-achievements-in-conservation/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 23:57:29 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23093 Council volunteer Kate Morse recently received a Conservation Achievement Award from Alaska Conservation Foundation. These prestigious awards recognize individuals and organizations committed to protecting Alaska. The Council was proud to support Kate’s nomination for the Jerry S. Dixon Award for Excellence in Education, which rewards educators who integrate stewardship of Alaska’s natural environment. Kate has ... Read more

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Prince William Sound is home to a variety of bird species in winter https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/prince-william-sound-is-home-to-a-variety-of-bird-species-in-winter/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 23:32:50 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23088 Frigid Alaska winters can be a tough time and place for wildlife. Food is scarce, the climate can be extreme, and days are short. Many species of birds head south. However, some hardier species, such as marbled murrelets, common murres, pelagic cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes, and glaucous-winged gulls tough it out over the winter. Since 2007, ... Read more

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Schantz and Archibald: Safeguarding our prevention and response system https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/schantz-and-archibald-safeguarding-our-prevention-and-response-system/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:35:06 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23072 By President Robert Archibald (City of Homer) and Executive Director Donna Schantz It will surprise no one to learn the past year has been exceptionally challenging for the Council. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes and constant uncertainty. Safety precautions required us to look for new ways to monitor drills and adapt projects. While ... Read more

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A journey through time: New Council report documents history of tanker contingency plan https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/a-journey-through-time-new-council-report-documents-history-of-tanker-contingency-plan/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 22:58:18 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23084 Thousands of pages of documents. Countless meetings and workgroups. Over thirty years of oil spill drills and exercises. That’s what you’d previously have to dig through to truly understand the oil spill contingency plan for Prince William Sound’s tankers. Not anymore. A new report has now distilled that history down into one report. The Council ... Read more

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From Alyeska: Alyeska wins award for conservation of natural resources from U.S. Fish and Wildlife https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/from-alyeska-alyeska-wins-award-for-conservation-of-natural-resources-from-u-s-fish-and-wildlife/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 22:55:53 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23082 In July, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognized Alyeska Pipeline Service Company with an Outstanding Partner Award for contributions made by Alyeska to the conservation of natural resources in the region. The award recognizes employees’ recent work with USFWS to update and implement wildlife protection guidelines for oil spills, and their continuing commitment ... Read more

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Volunteer Spotlight: Patience Andersen Faulkner https://www.pwsrcac.org/observer/volunteer-spotlight-patience-andersen-faulkner/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:04:42 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=23066 A good neighbor reflects on the art of listening Patience Andersen Faulkner creates beautiful beadwork, leatherwork, hand-knitted items, traditional drums, and baskets among other artistic endeavors. But she is also a lifelong student of the art of conversation. Only a few minutes into a chat, and the listener feeling valued, respected, and entertained. An Alaska ... Read more

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RFP: Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Program https://www.pwsrcac.org/announcements/rfp-long-term-environmental-monitoring-program/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 19:00:18 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=22809 The Council is inviting proposals for a project to analyze petroleum hydrocarbon chemistry and associated data, and report on the results of analyzing that data. This data is produced under PWSRCAC’s Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Program. That monitoring program generally entails the collection of blue mussels, marine sediments, and passive sampling devices in Port Valdez, Prince ... Read more

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Study shows purpose-driven design can improve performance https://www.pwsrcac.org/announcements/study-shows-purpose-driven-rescue-tug-design-can-improve-performance/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 23:55:35 +0000 https://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=22880 When a ship is disabled at sea, an appropriate rescue vessel must respond quickly to prevent an accident. Towing can be dangerous, especially in rough weather, because the rescue tug must get close to connect a towline. A study showed that a tug designed specifically for that role would improve safety and efficiency, improve response times, and reduce the chance of an oil spill.

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Funds available for educational projects related to our mission https://www.pwsrcac.org/announcements/funds-available-for-educational-projects-related-to-our-mission-2/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 23:00:01 +0000 http://www.pwsrcac.org/?p=7284 The Council works to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention. To support this effort, the Council is inviting proposals ... Read more

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