Recent Environmental Monitoring News
By Lisa Matlock “What lives here in the winter?” This is a question anyone might ask when visiting Prince William Sound in the off-season. It is also a question recently asked by local organizations in order to better protect these rich waters and their wildlife occupants year-round from oil spills. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council worked with the Prince William Sound Science Center in 2016 to complete a biological resource inventory of winter species in the Sound. The goal of this project was to develop a detailed bibliography documenting the presence of all wildlife studied in the Sound during the winter since 1989. This project allows this information to be shared with anyone working or visiting the region. The resulting paper also identifies gaps in knowledge regarding the Sound’s winter species to be filled by future researchers. It provides valuable, scientifically accurate information that can be used by the Council and others to identify sensitive biological resources which informs oil spill contingency plans and helps spill responders and spill drill participants better consider winter species when protecting sensitive areas from harm. To see the list of winter species download the final report: Winter Species in Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1989-2016 Print PDF … Continue reading
The Council’s nearly 65 volunteers assist with technical work of all kinds each year. Environmental monitoring is but one important effort through which their time and expertise directly impact the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound.
“The Council does not support the use of dispersants in our region, but with this new plan, responders are required to give more consideration before deciding to use dispersants,” said Donna Schantz, Executive Director for the Council.
The Council had some great presentations at our recent Science Night! See the list below for the presenter’s slides. Presentations: “Canine Detection of Spilled Oil” by Scott Pegau, PWSSC “We Are Watching: A long-term monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Alaska” by Mandy Lindeberg, Auke Bay Laboratories “PWS Subsistence Survey” by James (Jim) Fall, AK Dept. of Fish & Game “Seabird Habitat Restoration: A case study in predation reduction” by Sam Stark, Graduate Student OSU “A Low Angle View: Making sense of Cook Inlet’s complex rock platform and reef habitats” by Susan Saupe, CIRCAC Want to get notifications for next year’s event? Email Shawna Popovici to be added to the list! Print PDF … Continue reading