(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - After a decade of litigation, the State of Alaska announced this week it will not seek further appeal in the Akiachak Native Community v. State of Alaska. The State’s decision followed a landmark ruling issued in June 2016 by the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that rejected the State of Alaska’s attempt to block the Department of the Interior (DOI) from taking land into trust to safeguard it for Alaska tribes.
I wanted to alert you to a new report from River Network about water policy and management of water security and instream flows. While the report focuses on Southeastern Rivers, the way they approach the topic can be very instructional for the issue of instream flow policy for any region. I recommend taking a look to consider how stream flow is being impacted by climate for your waters (drought, flood, withdrawals, etc,) and consider adaptation strategies for your region for enhanced water security. The weblink and details are below. River Network would like to support outreach and policy action on stream flows. If you're interested, I recommend contacting Katherine Baer at River Network to discuss the possibilities.
Climate change threatens Native Peoples’ access to traditional foods and adequate water. Alaskan Native communities are increasingly exposed to health and livelihood hazards related to rising temperatures and declining sea ice. Climate change impacts are forcing relocation of some Native communities.
EPA recently launched the Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center, a self-guided, interactive web portal that helps local governments effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes. It provides decision makers with an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the particular issues of concern to them.
A global mapping tool and database launched today, examines how forest loss, fires, unsustainable land use and other threats to natural infrastructure affect water security throughout the world. GFW Water provides data sets, statistics and risk scores for all of the world’s 230 watersheds, areas of land where all of the water drains to a common outlet such as a river. Users can drop a pin anywhere to learn about the risks to the water supply near them, and find resources on how investing in natural infrastructure protection can help alleviate these threats.
Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change.
Both cities have similar ecological landscapes and agricultural resources. Sonoma’s wine region is vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns and droughts spurred by warming temperatures; Caldas’ coffee fields face devastating floods and landslides.
This article discusses how freshwater organizations and agencies learn to build natural capital in the form of river restoration, wetlands, and green infrastructure in communities affected by climate change.
At risk neighborhoods in the United States continue to be devastated by the effects of natural disasters, leaving people without clean drinking water for days. Droughts and floods cause these communities to fight to decontaminate their water supply.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Wildlife is interested in how you use the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats CHAs and their resources, and your ideas on how to manage activities and public uses in the CHAs. No revisions to the plan have been made yet. Scoping is the public opportunity to let agency planners know what they think should be considered or discarded when revisions are made.
Public scoping for the Kachemak Bay & Fox River Flats CHAs Management Plan Revision is open from September 26, 2016 to November 4, 2016.
The Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas (CHAs) were established in 1974 (AS 16.20.590) and 1972 (AS 16.20.580) respectively, by the Alaska Legislature in order to protect the area's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. The Kachemak Bay CHA encompasses most of tidelands, submerged lands (lands below mean high water), and waters in Kachemak Bay east of a line drawn from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi, but excludes tidelands in an area adjacent to the Homer Harbor. The Fox River Flats CHA includes both uplands and tidelands in the estuarine area of the Bradley and Fox Rivers, at the head of Kachemak Bay. Together, these two CHAs protect important habitat for shellfish, fish, marine mammals, and tens of thousands of shorebirds, sea birds, and waterfowl. The CHAs are co-managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under their respective authorities.