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2020 Drill Monitoring Report

File size: 0.1 MB
Date: January 28, 2021
Author: Roy Robertson
Category: Drill Monitoring Reports
Description: This yearly report summarizes the drills and exercises that were attended, observed, and evaluated by Council staff and contractors in 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many exercises were postponed or reduced in number and scale.

These reports have great value in tracking the history of spill preparedness and response by Alyeska/SERVS and the associated shippers. They are instrumental in identifying operational issues and tracking the lessons learned during these events. These reports have proven to be valuable tools in addressing recurring problems, improving the prevention and response system, assisting contingency plan workgroups, and in planning large unannounced drills.
Download document: 2020 Drill Monitoring Report


2020 Prince William Sound Forage Fish Observations

File size: 1.9 MB
Date: January 28, 2021
Author: W. Scott Pegau, Prince William Sound Science Center
Category: Oil Spill Prevention Planning
Description: This report by Dr. Scott Pegau of the Prince William Sound Science Center summarizes the results of the surveys for forage fish he conducted in Prince William Sound last summer. “Forage fish” are species that are preyed on by larger predators, and include Pacific herring, Pacific sand lance, capelin, and candlefish.

Dr. Pegau conducted the survey of the entire coastline of Prince William Sound via airplane in 2019 and 2020. Surveying from the air allows for identifying areas in water too shallow for a vessel. The primary objectives are to map and count schools of these fish in Prince William Sound to help protect these important species during a spill response. This work is expected to continue until 2022.
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Long Range Plan - July 2021 Through June 2025

File size: 2.9 MB
Date: January 28, 2021
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: Long Range Plan
Description: Since 2001, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) has annually reviewed and updated its long term plan and planning process. The document is focused on new and continuing projects for the next five years, with a special focus on projects proposed for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2022). This document is intended to serve as a guide
for the organization to achieve its mission of promoting environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers.
Download document: Long Range Plan - July 2021 Through June 2025


Study Overview - Recovery Of A Subsistence Way Of Life

File size: 1.0 MB
Date: January 28, 2021
Author: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence
Category: Environmental Monitoring
Description: This joint project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) assessed how the subsistence harvest of natural resources has changed over time in Exxon Valdez oil spill impacted communities. Researchers analyzed subsistence harvest data collected from 1984 through 2014 in the communities of Cordova, Chenega, Tatitlek, Port Graham, and Nanwalek. This document is a summary of the full report (PDF).

This report was presented to the Council during the September 2020 Board of Directors meeting. Watch the presentation on the Council's YouTube channel: "Subsistence Way of Life" Presentation by the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game to the PWSRCAC, 9/18/2020

 
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Recovery Of A Subsistence Way Of Life

File size: 2.9 MB
Date: January 28, 2021
Author: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence
Category: Environmental Monitoring
Description: The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) significantly altered wild food harvest practices and ways of life in the coastal communities of Cordova, Chenega, Tatitlek, Nanwalek, and Port Graham. In this project, researchers studied data from surveys collected over 40 years to assess changes and trends in subsistence resource use. See also: Study overview
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Prince William Sound RCAC Board Meeting Will Be Virtual, January 28-29

File size: 0.2 MB
Date: January 21, 2021
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: News Release Archives
Download document: Prince William Sound RCAC Board Meeting Will Be Virtual, January 28-29


Winter 2020 (December) Observer

File size: 1.1 MB
Date: December 24, 2020
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: Observer Newsletters
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2019-20 Annual Report - Year In Review

File size: 8.2 MB
Date: December 3, 2020
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: Current Year Annual Report
Description: This report covers the Council's activities from July 2019 to June 2020.
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New Weather Buoys Establish PORTS® Information For Valdez, Alaska

File size: 0.3 MB
Date: October 15, 2020
Category: News Release Archives
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2020 Financial Statement

File size: 0.3 MB
Date: October 5, 2020
Category: Financial Statements
Download document: 2020 Financial Statement


Metagenetic Analysis of 2018 and 2019 Plankton Samples from Prince William Sound, Alaska

File size: 1.7 MB
Date: September 18, 2020
Author: Dr. Jonathan Geller, Melinda Wheelock, Martin Guo at Moss Landing Marine Laboratory
Category: LTEMP
Description: This final report provided the results of an analysis on the genes of plankton gathered in Port Valdez and Prince William Sound in 2018 and 2019. The goal of the project is to identify marine invasive species in Prince William Sound. For this project, the Council partnered with the Prince William Sound Science Center, who collected the samples, and Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in California, who conducted the genetic analysis.

The Council monitors for marine invasive species which could potentially arrive in ballast water or on the hull of the crude oil tankers arriving at the Valdez Marine Terminal These tankers dock in ports known to harbor marine invasive species. Some invasive species could cause significant economic and environmental harm if reproducing populations became established locally.
Download document: Metagenetic Analysis of 2018 and 2019 Plankton Samples from Prince William Sound, Alaska


2019 Drill Monitoring Report

File size: 0.2 MB
Date: September 18, 2020
Author: Roy Robertson
Category: Drill Monitoring Reports
Description: This yearly report summarizes the drills and exercises that were attended, observed, and evaluated by Council staff and contractors.

These reports have great value in tracking the history of spill preparedness and response by Alyeska/SERVS and the associated shippers. They are instrumental in identifying operational issues and tracking the lessons learned during these events. These reports have proven to be valuable tools in addressing recurring problems, improving the prevention and response system, assisting contingency plan workgroups, and in planning large unannounced drills.
Download document: 2019 Drill Monitoring Report


Prince William Sound RCAC Board Meeting Will Be Virtual, September 17-18

File size: 0.3 MB
Date: September 10, 2020
Category: News Release Archives
Download document: Prince William Sound RCAC Board Meeting Will Be Virtual, September 17-18


Summer 2020 Observer

File size: 2.3 MB
Date: August 20, 2020
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: Observer Newsletters
Description: Cover of August 2020 Observer newsletter

The Observer, Summer 2020. 
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Spring 2020 Observer Newsletter

File size: 1.7 MB
Date: May 27, 2020
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: Observer Newsletters
Download document: Spring 2020 Observer Newsletter


Tanker Towline Deployment BAT Review

File size: 10.3 MB
Date: May 12, 2020
Author: Haley C. Lane, Peter S. Soles, and David S. Devilbiss at Glosten
Category: Tanker Escorts
Description: This study evaluated current technologies for messenger line deployment. Messenger lines connect an escort tug to a vessel in distress. These lines may be passed to stricken vessels by hand, heaved or thrown aboard, projected by mechanical means, or picked out of the water. In the report, Glosten researchers detail their recommendations for the best technology for deploying messenger lines.
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2019 Form 990

File size: 13.5 MB
Date: May 11, 2020
Category: Form 990
Download document: 2019 Form 990


PWSRCAC Announces Election Of Board Officers - May 2020

File size: 0.2 MB
Date: May 8, 2020
Author: PWSRCAC
Category: News Release Archives
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Long Term Environmental Monitoring Program: 2019 Sampling Results and Interpretations

File size: 6.7 MB
Date: May 7, 2020
Author: James R. Payne, William B. Driskell
Category: LTEMP
Description: This annual report summarizes and interprets the Council’s oil pollution monitoring work for the year. Mussels, sediments, and special sampling devices are collected and analyzed in order to monitor oil contamination associated with the operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers.
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Vessel Traffic Services: Review of Technology, Training, and Protocols

File size: 2.4 MB
Date: May 1, 2020
Author: Sharry Miller, Nuka Research and Planning Group
Category: Maritime Operations
Description: This study reviewed the vessel traffic service (VTS) system in Prince William Sound. The goal of the review was to understand what constitutes best available technology in the field of VTS and how that technology, as well as practices and procedures, compare to those used in the VTS system in Prince William Sound.
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