Safety group holds annual meeting

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2000

Today's annual meeting of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council includes presentations on several projects the group has been undertaking.

Besides the live Internet display of CIRCAC's new "Dock-Cams," by Steve Howell of SeeMore Wildlife Services, there will be a presentation on geographic response strategies by Tim Robinson and an afternoon address by Steve Allman regarding the North Slope natural gas pipeline project.

Geographic Response Strategies are individualized plans for dealing with oil spills around the inlet. The plans have been developed because a spill in one place may require a different response than a spill in another. They also would allow responders to tailor the cleanup to the site.

Also on the agenda is appointment of new officers.

"I don't think there will be any new faces this year, just a shift in officers," said Jim Carter, CIRCAC executive director.

Board members are appointed by member agencies and groups, Carter said. They include environmentalists, commercial fishing, Native interests, the state chamber of commerce, aquaculture, the Municipality of Anchorage, the cities of Kenai, Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak, as well as the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak boroughs.

Also on the agenda are CIRCAC's budget, a presentation on the proceedings of the Safety of Navigation in Cook Inlet Forum from last fall, and reports by the three CIRCAC standing committees; Executive, Environmental Monitoring, and Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety.

The three committees each are comprised of three board members and six to eight public members.

"Those include scientists and others who can help out with the more technical work that we do," Carter said.

The annual meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road near its intersection with Bridge Access Road. The meeting is open to the public. It originally was scheduled for Feb. 5 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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