Thanks to all who joined us on May 28 at the Kenai Cultural and Visitors Center to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and the Grand Opening of Coastal Impressions: A Photographic Journey along Alaska's Gulf Coast. The stunning imagery will be on exhibit through September 7, 2015 .

For Visitor Center hours and more information, click here.
CIRCAC scholarship honors dynamic first president
This spring, CIRCAC initiated its first scholarship program to support Cook Inlet students pursuing careers in either environmental or maritime studies. One of those scholarships is named after CIRCAC's first president, the late James Carter Sr., not only to recognize his commitment and tenure with the organization, but because of his belief in and passion for learning. According to his widow, Sue Carter, nothing was more important to Jim than education.

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Cook Inlet Navigator June 2015

Drills and exercises
Two significant day-long oil spill drills at the CISPRI facility in May and June with Tesoro Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska LLC, gave CIRCAC the opportunity to test the effectiveness of its resources and internal and constituent  communications. When a Unified Command is activated for an oil spill response, CIRCAC staff participates within the Incident Command System (ICS) as a conduit for stakeholders to bring forth concerns, deliver information, or share local knowledge about the region. We also utilize Cook Inlet RCAC projects that can add valuable assistance to the response, such as the Cook Inlet Response Tool.

The Tesoro Vessel Plan exercise also afforded PROPS Public Member Jan Hansen the opportunity to observe response activities, staff meetings and ICS section briefings.

In the field
This month, CIRCAC's Science Director is conducting intertidal and subtidal field sampling for Kamishak Bay, with partners NOAA, BOEM, NPS and UAF. This sampling follows up on work done in the 1970s and includes historical data, developing a habitat model, conducting reconnaissance and field surveys. The data will be accessible through the  Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) data portals, including the Cook Inlet Response Tool (CIRT). Try out the CIRT by clicking on the above image.
Harbor Safety Committee deadline extended
Applications for membership will now be accepted to July 1, 2015. Click on the logo above to learn more.

Coming up

The City of Homer is hosting three presentations by the Natural Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) from the University of Hawaii July 27-29, at the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer.


July 27- (offered twice/AM & PM) Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens.
July 28 - (8AM-5PM)  Tsunami Awareness
July 29 - (8AM-5PM) Coastal Community Resilience
The classes are free and open to anyone. Registration is through the NDPTC website at

September 11, 2015 - CIRCAC Board of Directors Meeting, Seldovia 


2014 Annual Report

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
8195 Kenai Spur Highway 99611 
Phone: 907-398-6205 
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