Cook Inlet Navigator FEBRUARY 2017

COOK INLET   
Regional Citizens Advisory Council  

ALASKA FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT
CIRCAC had a booth at the Alaska Forum on the Environment this month, sharing space with organizations such as Alaska ShoreZone, Prince William Sound RCAC,

Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation, and National Park Service, to name just a few. More than 1200 people and 250 partner organizations from throughout Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48 participated in 100 technical sessions or training in topics ranging from climate change and oil spill response to rural Alaska landfill operations. Members of our Board of Directors and PROPS Committee (Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety) took advantage of the many sessions, including Carla Stanley, Michael Opheim and Steve Lufkin.

 
Carla Stanley, Representing City of Homer on our Board of Directors
 
Michael Opheim, Representing Alaska Native Groups on our Board of Directors
Steve Lufkin, Public Member on our PROPS Committee
HARBOR SAFETY COMMITTEE 
SEEKS QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS TO REPRESENT KEY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee continues to fill vacant stakeholder seats and is inviting applications from qualified individuals to represent the following organizations:
  • Environmental Organization - Alternate
  • Marine Oil Terminal Operators - Alternate
  • Recreational Boaters - Alternate
  • Response Organization - Primary
Apply by March 15, 2017. 

HSC: A PRIORITY RECOMMENDATION OF THE NAVIGATION RISK ASSESSMENT
The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (CIHSC) was a priority recommendation from the Cook Inlet Navigational Risk Assessment. It was established to give the maritime community a productive forum for marine safety issues specific to Cook Inlet, Alaska.
   
Its mission is to enhance marine safety and environmental stewardship through collaboration of the maritime community and other stakeholders.The Cook Inlet HSC's primary focus is maritime safety, accident prevention, and waterways management .

HARBOR SAFETY COMMITTEES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN INCREASING MARITIME SAFETY AND PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
As a member of the Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee, you can help guide the development of Standards of Care and best practices for maritime operations in the Cook Inlet waterway. Harbor Safety Committees help educate and serve as a valuable resource for waterway users. They may provide recommendations to regulatory bodies and seek actions to enhance maritime safety. The Cook Inlet HSC will serve as a subject matter expert for Cook Inlet and help bring together all relevant maritime stakeholders to identify and resolve, when possible, waterway management issues through the adoption of best practices and Standards of Care. The Cook Inlet HSC has already developed Cook Inlet's first harbor safety plan to enhance maritime safety and promote environmental stewardship.

Qualified Individuals are encouraged to apply!

Coming up: 
March 7 Deadline to turn in CIRCAC election ballots.
March 24 PROPS Committee Meeting, Kenai
March 31 Deadline to apply for a CIRCAC Scholarship
April 7 CIRCAC Annual Meeting, Kenai

ComFish is just around the corner.

Cook Inlet Regional
Citizens Advisory Council
giguere@circac.org
http://www.circac.org