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March 19

Deadline for comments on the SOUTHEAST INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN (SEIRP) TECHNICAL DRAFT REPORT prepared for AK Energy Authority (AEA) by Black & Veatch and HDR Alaska. The SEIRP is a directional plan that identifies the types of resources, including alternative resources that should be developed in the future in the Southeast Alaska region. The report addresses demand-side management/energy efficiency and emerging technologies, such as tidal. The report is available at http://www.akenergyauthority.org/southeastIRP.html.


March 19

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Comments are due on the proposal to make improvements and additions to the HORSESHOE LAKE TRAIL. The current trail to the picturesque Horseshoe Lake is

approximately 1.5 miles long, and is very popular with park visitors. The lake provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, and visitors walking on the trail have opportunities to see moose, beaver, and several bird species. The footpath was constructed in 1940 as the park’s first established trail. The trailhead is located at the railroad crossing on the Denali Park road (Mile 1). Sections of the trail are in poor condition. There are steep sections that are difficult for many visitors, and portions are eroding due to inadequate drainage. A network of social trails has developed around the lake and throughout the area, creating additional erosion and damage to sensitive wildlife habitat, including beaver dams and lodges.

Proposed changes may include: Rehabilitation of social trails; Reconstruction of the existing Horseshoe Lake Trail to improve trail surface and drainage; Construction of a new loop trail to the Nenana River and around Horseshoe Lake; Extending the trail to the Nenana River and around Horseshoe Lake would provide increased hiking opportunities for visitors and consolidate use, allowing the web of social trails to be rehabilitated. For more information or to submit comments, contact Dan Ostrowski, Project Lead at 907-683-9557 or email dan_ostrowski@nps.gov or Paula Homan, Project Planning Lead, at 907-683-6223 or email paula_homan@nps.gov.

March 19

Deadline for comments on the SOUTHEAST ENERGY that recommends that Southeast should significantly increase demand side management and energy efficiency programs in order to reduce the draw on existing hydro resources and improve the quality of life in our communities (and save the region about $137 million in 50 years). It also recommends a number of small hydro projects and two short intertie segments to address high energy costs in our diesel dependent communities. The plan also studied the region-wide intertie plan that has long been pushed by Southeast Conference and a relatively newer plan to build an intertie to Canada. Both were not recommended due to cost and other issues. Space heating was addressed via the plan, and the recommendations focused on wood pellet-based heating. We also think efficient electric heating, such as heat pumps and other technologies, should be included and emphasized in this section. This plan is a huge step forward for creating consensus around a progressive energy plan for Southeast, eliminating distracting and expensive options and focusing efforts on doable ways to solve our energy problems and manage our public resources. SEACC is largely supportive of this plan, but know it always has room for improvement. Please visit http://www.akenergyauthority.org/seirp-comments.html to read the draft plan and submit your comments.


March 19

FAIRBANKS – Comments are due on the proposal to issue an AIR QUALITY CONTROL OPERATING PERMIT for the SOUTH CUSHMAN LANDFILL. South Cushman Landfill is a municipal solid waste landfill divided into two solid waste disposal units: (1) the construction and demolition debris Disposal Area; and (2) the municipal solid waste Disposal Area. It also operates 11 oil-fired boilers for building heat. Potential annual emissions of regulated air pollutants will not will not exceed: 2.1 tons of Nitrogen Oxides, 0.5 tons of Carbon Monoxide, 22.4 tons of Particulate Matter, 7.9 tons of Sulfur Dioxide, and 8.6 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds. The total potential emissions of regulated air pollutants are 22.6 tons per year. The potential Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions are 76,600 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions. The draft Operating Permit and Statement of Basis are available at https://myalaska.state.ak.us/dec/air/airtoolsWeb/PublicPermitListings.aspx. For more information or to submit comments, contact Wally Evans at (907)269-7562 or email wallace.evans@alaska.gov.

1**March 19

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Comments are due on the proposal to make IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITIONS TO THE HORSESHOE LAKE TRAIL. The current trail to the picturesque Horseshoe Lake is approximately 1.5 miles long, and is very popular with park visitors. The lake provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, and visitors walking on the trail have opportunities to see moose, beaver, and several bird species. The footpath was constructed in 1940 as the park’s first established trail. The trailhead is located at the railroad crossing on the Denali Park road (Mile 1). Sections of the trail are in poor condition. There are steep sections that are difficult for many visitors, and portions are eroding due to inadequate drainage. A network of social trails has developed around the lake and throughout the area, creating additional erosion and damage to sensitive wildlife habitat, including beaver dams and lodges.

Proposed changes may include: *rehabilitation of social trails; *reconstruction of the existing Horseshoe Lake Trail to improve trail surface and drainage; *construction of a new loop trail to the Nenana River and around Horseshoe Lake Extending the trail to the Nenana River and around Horseshoe Lake would

provide increased hiking opportunities for visitors and consolidate use, allowing the web of social trails to be rehabilitated. Maps showing proposed routes are available at http://www.nps.gov/.../horseshoe-lake-trail-project.htm. Comments may be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dena or faxed to 907-683-9612. For additional information, contact Dan Ostrowski, at 907-683-9557 or email dan_ostrowski@nps.gov; or Paula Homan, Project Planning Lead, at 907-683-6223 or email paula_homan@nps.gov.

1**March 19

Deadline for comments on the SOUTHEAST ENERGY PLAN. A new plan has been released recommending a number of positive steps for Southeast Alaska's Energy Future. The plan was developed by the engineering firm Black and Veatch and guided by the Alaska Energy Authority and an advisory committee. The draft plan recommends that Southeast should significantly increase demand side management and energy efficiency programs in order to reduce the draw on existing hydro resources and improve the quality of life in our communities (and save the region about $137 million in 50 years). It also recommends a number of small hydro projects and two short intertie segments to address high energy costs in our diesel dependent communities. The plan also studied the region-wide intertie plan that has long been pushed by Southeast Conference and a relatively newer plan to build an intertie to Canada. Both were not recommended due to cost and other issues. Space heating was addressed via the plan, and the recommendations focused on wood pellet-based heating. Please visit http://www.akenergyauthority.org/seirp-comments.html to read the draft plan and submit your comments.

**March 19

FAIRBANKS - Comments are due on the proposal to issue an AIR QUALITY CONTROL OPERATING PERMIT for the SOUTH CUSHMAN LANDFILL. South Cushman Landfill is a municipal solid waste landfill divided into two solid waste disposal units: (1) the construction and demolition debris Disposal Area; and (2) the municipal solid waste Disposal Area. It also operates 11 oil-fired boilers for building heat. Potential annual emissions of regulated air pollutants will not will not exceed: 2.1 tons of Nitrogen Oxides, 0.5 tons of Carbon Monoxide, 22.4 tons of Particulate Matter, 7.9 tons of Sulfur Dioxide, and 8.6 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds. The total potential emissions of regulated air pollutants are 22.6 tons per year. The potential Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions are 76,600 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions. Copies of the draft Operating Permit and Statement of Basis are available at https://myalaska.state.ak.us/dec/air/airtoolsWeb/PublicPermitListings.aspx. For more information or to submit comments, contact Mr. Wally Evans at (907)269-7562 or email wallace.evans@alaska.gov.

March 22

Deadline for comments on request for permit to APPLY HERBICIDE TO THE SEWARD HIGHWAY NEAR MILE 72 to control Invasive Orange Hawkweed by the AK Association of Conservation Districts (AACD). The proposed products include Milestone Specialty Herbicide, with EPA registration number 62719-519, with active ingredient aminopyralid (trilsopropanolammonium salt of 2-pyridine carboxylic acid). The AACD also proposes to use a non-ionic surfactant additive called Activator 90. Treatment is proposed for the month of June throughout the duration of the permit. The noxious weed Orange Hawkweed (hieracium aurantiacum) has been identified as a priority for eradication in the Chugach National Forest by the Kenai Cooperative Weed Management Area strategic plan. The goal of the proposed treatment is to reduce the spread of this invasive species, and eradicate it over the permit period. For more information or to submit comments, contact Rebecca Colvin at 907-269-7802, Fax: 907-269-7600 or emai: Rebecca.colvin@alaska.gov. For specific information regarding the application contact: Karin Hendrickson at (907) 376-1856, Fax (907) 376-2382, or email Karin.Hendrickson@alaska.gov.

1**March 23

Comments are due on the proposal to begin engineering and environmental studies on the STERLING HIGHWAY MILEPOST 150-169 AND 169-173 PAVEMENT PRESERVATION: PROJECT The two projects located along the Sterling Highway between Tall Tree Avenue [milepost (MP) 150] and Pioneer Avenue (MP 173) in Homer, would include improvements at MP 150-169 and project 54130 would include improvements at MP 169-173. The proposed work would include: Milling and resurfacing the Sterling Highway; Making Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to curb ramps and detectable warning tiles; Installing guardrail and guardrail end treatments; Replacing drainage cross culverts where needed; Removing and replacing road sub-base material where needed; Replacing signs and restriping; All proposed work would take place within DOT&PF right-of-way. Construction for the proposed projects is anticipated to begin in summer, 2012. For more information, contact Chris Post, Project Manager at 907-269-0585 or TaraLyn Stone, Environmental Impact Analyst at 907-269-0534. Submit comments to Brian Elliot at 907) 269-0539 or email brian.elliott@alaska.gov.


March 24

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK - Comments are due on the proposal to CONSTRUCT A 3500 SQUARE FOOT REPLICA OF AN 18TH CENTURY TLINGIT TRIBAL HOUSE near Bartlett Cove. The Tribal House concept was included in the 1997 Comprehensive Design Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Bartlett Cove to provide park visitors with opportunities to learn about Huna Tlingit history and culture through educational and interpretive displays and to strengthen the Huna Tlingit's ongoing connection to their ancestral homeland by providing a venue for cultural events, workshops, and retreats. To see various components already under construction by carvers in Hoonah, go to http://www.nps.gov/glba/historyculture/huna-tribal-house-project.htm, http://www.nps.gov/glba/historyculture/tribal-house-project-photogallery.htm, and www.facebook.com/glacierbaynationalpark. The structure would showcase traditional design, construction, decoration and furnishings, as well as use of green-certified local forest products and sustainable utilities. The building and access would cover approximately one acre located along the shore northeast of the Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove. The environmental effects of several alternative designs will be evaluated through an EA process. Potential impacts on Bartlett Cove shorefront habitats, mature spruce/hemlock forest, wildlife, other park visitor activities, park utilities, cultural resources, and adjacent concession operations will be evaluated. The public review EA is planned for release in June 2012. Construction would begin in 2013. For more information or to submit comments, contact Allison Banks, Environmental Protection Specialist, at 907-697-2611 or go to the NPS comment page at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/.
March 30

Comments are due on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA. EPA and the state are preparing the Beaufort and Chukchi General Permits at the same time, combining the statements of basis in one fact sheet, and combining public comment periods and public hearings for both permits. The Fact Sheet describes the types of facilities and proposed discharges; proposed effluent limits and other conditions; maps and descriptions of the proposed coverage areas and restricted areas; and a summary of the supporting technical materials. For more information, go to the following websites: For the Beaufort Sea, go to: Beaufort Draft Permit (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Beaufort Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF), Alaska's Draft Clean Water Act Certification to EPA (PDF), Alaska Application Form 2M - Request for a Mixing Zone (PDF), and Alaska Noncompliance Notification form (PDF). For the Chukchi Sea, go to: Chukchi Draft Permit (PDF), Technical Fact Sheet (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Chukchi Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), and Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF). For more information, contact Hanh Shaw at 206-553-0171 or email shaw.hanh@epa.gov. For state information, contact Adele Fetter at adele.fetter@alaska.gov. Submit com and include: your name, address, telephone number (so we may contact you if we need to clarify your comment), General Permit number(s), and a concise statement of the basis and facts supporting your comments, to R10arcticpermits@epa.gov or Fax to Hanh Shaw at 206-553-0165

1**March 30

Deadline for comments on the proposed WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN THE BEAUFORT AND CHUKCHI SEAS. EPA is preparing the Beaufort and Chukchi General Permits at the same time, combining the statements of basis in one fact sheet, and combining public comment periods and public hearings for both permits. The Fact Sheet describes the types of facilities and proposed discharges; proposed effluent limits and other conditions; maps and descriptions of the proposed coverage areas and restricted areas; and a summary of the supporting technical materials. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a draft Clean Water Act Section 401 certification for the Beaufort General Permit. Permit Documents are available at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/npdes+public+notices/arctic-gp-pn-2012. For more general information, contact Suzanne Skadowski at (206) 553-6689 or for technical information, contact Hanh Shaw at (206) 553-0171. For more information or to submit comments on the state certification, contact Adele Fetter at adele.fetter@alaska.gov.

**March 30

Comments are due on an application for renewal of an OIL DISCHARGE PREVENTION AND CONTINGENCY PLAN for Hilcorp Alaska, LLC (Hilcorp) for Cook Inlet Production Facilities. This plan was previously operated and owned by Union Oil Company of California (UOCC). Production wells are located onshore (Swanson River Field located in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge) and offshore in Cook Inlet. The plan addresses oil spill prevention and response measures to support their operation for a response planning standard (RPS) of three times the annual average daily oil production volume for the maximum producing well (King Salmon Platform’s K13 well) barrels per day for 3 days to total 2,520 barrels due to K13 being an assisted lift well. The oil terminal RPS is for 11,543 barrels after prevention credit adjustment. Onshore facilities are currently in place on the west side (Trading Bay Production Facility and Granite Point Tank Farm) and east side of Cook Inlet at Swanson River. Offshore platforms located in Cook Inlet, including Granite Point, Anna, Bruce, King Salmon, Dolly Varden, Grayling, Steelhead, Monopod. The Dillon and Baker platforms have been light housed. Copies of the renewal application and plan are available for public review at the department’s Anchorage and Soldotna offices. Submit comments to AK Dept of Environmental Conservation, Div. of Spill Prevention & Response, Industry Preparedness Program, 555 Cordova Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, or call (907) 269-3094.

**March 30

Deadline for proposals to the FEDERAL SUBSISTENCE BOARD to CHANGE FEDERAL SUBSISTENCE REGULATIONS for the HARVEST of FISH and SHELLFISH. The Board will consider proposals to change Federal subsistence fishing seasons, harvest limits, methods of harvest, and customary and traditional use determinations. The Board will also accept proposals for individual customary and traditional use determinations from residents of national park and national monument resident zone communities, or those who already hold a subsistence use permit. Federal public lands include national wildlife refuges; national parks, monuments and preserves; national forests; national wild and scenic rivers; and national conservation and recreation areas. These lands also include Bureau of Land Management areas that are not part of the national conservation system. Federal subsistence regulations do not apply on State of Alaska lands, private lands, military lands, Native allotments, or Federal lands selected by the State of Alaska or Native corporations. For more information or to submit proposals, contact Theo Matuskowitz at Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS-121, Anchorage, AK 99503 or to 800-478-1456 or email subsistence@fws.gov or go to http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/index.cfml.

**March 31

Deadline for comments on application for PERMIT TO APPLY PESTICIDES, ALASKA RAILROAD CORPORATION in the CLEAR-FAIRBANKS AREA. The project is proposed and is being reviewed by the appropriate regulatory programs. The Alaska Railroad Corporation has applied to ADEC for a pesticide use permit to apply herbicide to a 16 foot wide strip of the railroad right-of-way on approximately 60 miles of track beginning near Clear and proceeding north to Fairbanks. The proposed products include Aquamaster, with EPA registration number 524-343, with active ingredient glyphosate. This product requires the use of an additive, and the Railroad proposes to use the product Agri-Dex. Aquamaster has the same active ingredient as Roundup and many other home use products, and is approved for both terrestrial and aquatic use. Treatment is proposed for summer months throughout the duration of the permit. Copies of the application are available at http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/pest/publicnotice.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact Rebecca Colvin at 907-269-7802, Fax 907-269-7600 or email Rebecca.colvin@alaska.gov. For specfic information regarding the application, contact Karin Hendrickson at (907) 376-1856, Fax (907) 376-2382, or email Karin.Hendrickson@alaska.gov.

April 9

Deadline nominations for the 2012 Conservation Achievement Awards. Do you know an individual or organization making a difference for conservation in Alaska? Recognize their passion and contributions by nominating them for a 2012 Conservation Achievement Award. This year Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) will present awards in eight categories, including Lifetime Achievement. For more information and the nomination form and guidelines, go to http://alaskaconservation.org/achievement-awards/2012-conservation-achievement-awards/nominate-award/. For additional information, contact contact Leah Doney-Neel at 907-276-1917 or email ldoney-neel@alaskaconservation.org.



EVENTS & MEETINGS \ANCHORAGE - EAGLE RIVER & GIRDWOOD

March 11

WILD-SCAPING IN ALASKA will be the topic at 2pm at the Eagle River Nature Center. Wild-scaping is a term used to describe gardening and landscaping for wildlife. This typically includes trees for attracting birds and flowers for attracting bees. And what about keeping moose from eating your newly planted trees? Volunteer BETH BAKER presents information and personal experience in wild-scaping in the Eagle River valley. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
1**March 12

WEST ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY COUNCILS CANDIDATES FORUM will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Spenard Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room, 2020 W. 48th Ave. Questions from community councils and those attending the event will be asked of Anchorage School Board and Mayoral candidates. Refreshements will be provided. Sponsored by North Star, Sand Lake, Spenard, Taku-Campbell and Turnagain Community Councils. For information, contact TCC Board Member Chris Habicht at 243-6030, or email ChrHabicht@aol.com.



**March 12 and Continued on March 19

Public hearing will be held before the Planning & Zoning Commission from 6:30 to 11:55 in the Assembly Chambers, Loussac Library on the PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to the PROVISIONALLY ADOPTED TITLE 21 REWRITE (PZC Case # 2011-104). The review is not intended to revisit the entirety of the rewrite, which was provisionally adopted by the Assembly in 2010 after an extensive eight-year process. It is instead focused on a specific set of proposed changes consisting of technical edits, substantive amendments and addendum to the proposed amendments. To see the proposed amendments, go to http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/Projects/t21/Pages/Title21Rewrite.aspx. Submit comments at Title21@muni.org, Fax to 907-343-7927 or through Planning Div. website at http://munimaps.muni.org/planning/home3.htm (insert case number 2011-104). The Community Development Department's Planning Division's recommendation will be available after 1pm on the Friday prior to the meeting.


March 14

A LIFE AFIELD: CAREERS in WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT and RESEARCH is the topic for MIKE HARRINGTON, research technician with the AK Dept. of Fish & Game, at 7pm at the Alaska Zoo. He will talk about his dream job assisting researchers with work on furbearer and big game species. Learn about what wildlife biologists do and the kind of training required in this special career-focused program. The USFWS and ADFG will provide information on internships and summer jobs. Youth of all ages encouraged to attend! Coffee and tea available at lectures. For more information please contact Stephanie Hartman (Education Director) at (907) 346-2858, or slhartman@alaskazoo.org.

1**March 14

RENEWABLE BIOMASS DEVELOPMENT IN ALASKA will be presented from 6 to 8pm at the Anchorage Museum FREE Come join us for this exciting presentation on the growing use in Alaska of renewable biomass for electricity and heating from a fish-oil biodiesel powered fish processing plant in the Aleutians to a wood-fired boiler heating the school in Tok. SPEAKERS: DEVANY PLENTOVICH & HELEN TRAYLOR of the Alaska Energy Authority. For a live podcast, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/526105072. For more information, go to www.REalaska.org or ca;; 929-7770.

1**March 14 & 15

The ADVISORY WATER QUALITY ANTIDEGRADATION WORKGROUP will meet from 10:30am to 5pm on March 14 and from 9am to approximately 5pm on March 15 at the DEC building, 555 Cordova St.. The Workgroup’s function is to provide DEC with various perspectives and inform the department’s development of draft implementation methods for the state’s water quality antidegradation policy All meetings are open to the public. For more information about the upcoming meetings including meeting dates, agendas, and reference material and to join a listserve for notices of future meetings, please see the Antidegradation Workgroup website at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/wqsar/Antidegradation/index.html. For more information, contact Jim Powell at jim.powell@alaska.gov or (907) 465-5185.




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