Environmental Monitoring

Traps, such as this one, are used to monitor for invasive European green crabs in Prince William Sound. This crab, known to travel in the ballast water of ships at seas, is an efficient and voracious predator that has invaded the West Coast from San Francisco to Vancouver Island. Photo by Janice Banta.

Traps, such as this one, are used to monitor for invasive European green crabs in Prince William Sound. This crab, known to travel in the ballast water of ships at sea, is an efficient and voracious predator that has invaded the West Coast from San Francisco to Vancouver Island.

The Environmental Monitoring program encompasses site-specific and region-wide monitoring activities.


Environmental Monitoring Projects

Please see links in the sidebar for more information on these projects.

Recent Environmental Monitoring News

Science Night 2018

On Thursday, December 6, the council will host our annual Science Night at the Embassy Suites in Anchorage (600 E Benson Blvd). Hear about the latest research that affects the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound. This event is an initiative of the council’s Scientific Advisory Committee. SAC, as it’s known, ensures council projects are based on the best science. Doors open at 4:30pm, and presentations start at 5:15pm. For a full list of speakers, featured topics, and presentation times please download the Science Night flyer (updated November 29). For more information: 907-277-7222 or info@pwsrcac.org.   Print PDF … Continue reading

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Protecting Winter Wildlife from Oil Spills

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

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Community Corner: Citizen scientists help the Council monitor our region

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.

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Plan for applying dispersants to crude oil spills in Alaska waters updated

“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.

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