Located in southern Cook Inlet, the Kachemak Bay Habitat Focus Area supports important recreational, subsistence, and commercial fishing. The area is also important for marine transportation, tourism, and threatened and endangered species. The bay provides a remarkably fertile environment for both fish and shellfish. The abundant marine life draws waterfowl, shorebirds, moose, and bears. Marine mammals, including otters, seals, porpoise, and a variety of whales, live in the bay year round.
A preliminary economic analysis has found that a graphite mining prospect near Nome — an effort to capitalize on a potential supply crunch from China and a growing appetite for electric vehicles — could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars if it's developed.
Alaska residents, NGOs, tribes, city officials, developers, and lawyers have a convenient information source in this publication, covering the history and status of Alaska water laws. While the State of Alaska governs water within its borders and within 3 miles of the shoreline, the federal government has jurisdiction over water rights on federal lands, which make up over 60% of the land in Alaska. Past and current controversies over who has rights to Alaska’s waters involve public lands, subsistence, commercial fishing, mining, and the Clean Water Act, among others. Water law lessons learned in other states have not been applied yet in Alaska, due to an abundance of water resources. But with possible shortages of groundwater and surface water due to climate change, industry, and a growing population, Alaska will likely face the same problems other states have dealt with.
Today President Obama signed a landmark Executive Order creating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area. NARF congratulates our clients, the Bering Sea Elders Group, on on this historic news. We are honored to work with the Bering Sea Elders Group and are proud of its incredible work to protect subsistence resources and promote tribal sovereignty and traditional knowledge. Quyana for your advocacy and determination!
President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration may be nearing, but that doesn’t mean President Obama’s Interior Department is finished making decisions about the future of the United States’ vast natural resources and open spaces.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the closure Tuesday of 125 million acres of the Arctic Ocean and its estimated 27 billion barrels of oil, indefinitely. The executive action bars new leases in the vast majority of U.S. Arctic offshore waters. The Obama administration announcement, decried by Alaska's congressional delegation, came in conjunction with one from the Canadian government that it would bar future oil and gas licensing for all its offshore Arctic waters. The Canadian decision will be reviewed every five years.
WASHINGTON — The White House announced parting protections for the northern reaches of Alaska's lands and waters on Friday, closing off more than 40,000 square miles of Bering Strait-area waters to future oil leases and requiring the federal government to set up a system for increasing the input of Native people.