March 2013

26 March 2013

Port Heiden public meeting

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting for Port Heiden from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Village Office at Ray's Place.

From the Alaska DNR public notice regarding this meeting:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has extended the public comment period for the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) for an additional 30 days until May 6, 2013 to provide the public with a greater opportunity to review and comment on the PRD.

The state would like to hear from the public regarding these actions. To facilitate this, DNR will host a series of community meetings to discuss the issues addressed through these two actions, explain the review and approval processes for these actions, and indicate the how and when comments are to be submitted to DNR. There will be the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment.

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26 March 2013

Dillingham public meeting

Update: This meeting has been cancelled by Alaska Department of Natural Resources. According to the agency, it will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting for Dillingham from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in the Dillingham Middle School gym.

From the Alaska DNR public notice regarding this meeting:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has extended the public comment period for the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) for an additional 30 days until May 6, 2013 to provide the public with a greater opportunity to review and comment on the PRD.

The state would like to hear from the public regarding these actions. To facilitate this, DNR will host a series of community meetings to discuss the issues addressed through these two actions, explain the review and approval processes for these actions, and indicate the how and when comments are to be submitted to DNR. There will be the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment.

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25 March 2013

Igiugig public meeting

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Igiugig on Monday, March 25, at Igiugig Village Council at the Hanger.

From the Alaska DNR public notice regarding this meeting:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has extended the public comment period for the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) for an additional 30 days until May 6, 2013 to provide the public with a greater opportunity to review and comment on the PRD.

The state would like to hear from the public regarding these actions. To facilitate this, DNR will host a series of community meetings to discuss the issues addressed through these two actions, explain the review and approval processes for these actions, and indicate the how and when comments are to be submitted to DNR. There will be the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment.

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25 March 2013

King Salmon and Naknek public meeting

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting for King Salmon and Naknek communities from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at Dolly's Hall/Naknek Village Council.

From the Alaska DNR public notice regarding this meeting:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has extended the public comment period for the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) for an additional 30 days until May 6, 2013 to provide the public with a greater opportunity to review and comment on the PRD.

The state would like to hear from the public regarding these actions. To facilitate this, DNR will host a series of community meetings to discuss the issues addressed through these two actions, explain the review and approval processes for these actions, and indicate the how and when comments are to be submitted to DNR. There will be the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment.

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25 March 2013

Dillingham BBAP meeting to be rescheduled

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has cancelled the public meeting it had scheduled in Dillingham. DNR had planned to hold a meeting in Dillingham to gather comments on draft revisions to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan. Meetings are being held in the region through Tuesday, March 26. According to a public notice from the agency, the Dillingham meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.

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EPA launches new Bristol Bay website


epawebsite The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reorganized its Bristol Bay website to help readers easily get up to speed on the watershed assessment process before the agency releases the next draft of its document this spring.

There isn't a lot of new content, but the redesign does feature some new photos and also makes it easy to find information on Bristol Bay, the assessment and how the public has been involved in the process.

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24 March 2013

Iliamna public meeting

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting from 6:00 to 9 p.m. in Iliamna on Sunday, March 24, at the Iliamna Village Council Building.

From the Alaska DNR public notice regarding this meeting:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has extended the public comment period for the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) for an additional 30 days until May 6, 2013 to provide the public with a greater opportunity to review and comment on the PRD.

The state would like to hear from the public regarding these actions. To facilitate this, DNR will host a series of community meetings to discuss the issues addressed through these two actions, explain the review and approval processes for these actions, and indicate the how and when comments are to be submitted to DNR. There will be the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment.

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19 March 2013

Public meetings scheduled/comment period extended for Bristol Bay Area Plan revisions

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has extended the public comment period on draft revisions to its 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan to May 6, 2013.

It has also set the following community meetings in Bristol Bay:

Sunday, March 24

Iliamna, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Iliamna Village Council Building

Monday, March 25

Igiugig, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Igiugig Village Council at the Hanger

King Salmon & Naknek, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Dolly's Hall/Naknek Village Council

Tuesday, March 26

Port Heiden, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Village Office at Ray's Place

Dillingham, 5:00-9:00 p.m., Dillingham Middle School Gym

 

Visit the state web page with more details

To submit comments:

Bruce Phelps, Section Chief

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

550 West 7th Ave. Suite 1050

Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3579

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: (907)269-8534 Fax: (907) 269-8915

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19 March 2013

Cantwell asks SEC to review Northern Dynasty statements

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has called for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM) for what she calls "contradictory statements" about a preliminary assessment of the economic feasibility of the proposed Pebble mine that NDM filed with the SEC in February 2011.

The 529-page preliminary assessment, also called the "Wardrop Report," gives insight into some preliminary plans for Pebble's development. The study includes information on mining types (open pit and underground); infrastructure needs such as port site, access roads, warehouses and water systems; and tailings impoundment design.

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18 March 2013

"Citizens' Alternative Bristol Bay Area Plan" submitted to Alaska DNR

A "Citizens' Alternative" has been submitted as part of official public comment regarding revisions to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has up for public review until April 4, 2013.

Tribal councils of Curyung, Ekwok, Koliganek, Levelock, New Stuyahok and Nondalton, along with the Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association and Trout Unlimited drafted the Citizens' Alternative because they didn't feel the land management revisions DNR proposed in its recent revisions went far enough to restore protections for fish and wildlife habitat and subsistence and recreational uses in the Bristol Bay region. Those same groups had filed suit against the state in 2009 regarding the loss of habitat land classification in the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan. In a settlement of the case, DNR agreed to review the plan and followed up with draft revisions to it in January 2013.

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