In 2005, the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA), based in Seward Alaska, formed to advance the environmental integrity of our community. We focus on watershed issues like air and water pollution, protection and restoration of habitat, reducing bear and human conflicts, pursuing new energy sources and weighing in on development proposals.
Resurrection Bay is precious. Glaciers spilling out of both the Harding and Sargent Icefields push down to treeline or tideline, unnamed peaks recede along the horizon and in the Bay itself, sea mammals, pelagic birds, and salmon do their thing. Perched on an alluvial fan at the head of the Bay, Seward hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors drawn by the same natural beauty and wildness that keeps locals here throughout the year.
Since the establishment of Kenai Fjords National Park in 1980, Seward's economic base has shifted toward tourism. Tourism relies on an intact ecosystem and all its attributes. That's what we try to protect.
Seen any insults or crimes against our environment that need to be addressed? Call our hotline 224-7607 or 491-0353. Anonymity guaranteed!
Schoolyard Habitat - Elementary School Native Plant Garden/Park was Planted this Summer!
From late may to mid-June, dozens of volunteers, several agencies, and multiple local businesses contributed supplies and manpower to get over 200 hundred native plants into the ground at the Seward Elementry School. The process involved using heavy equipment to rip out 600 lineal feet of sad-looking non-native pine shrubs. Then donated local topsoil was added, followed by a weed block fabric, then several inches of bark mulch. With this prep work complete, the DaVinci Days summer camp kids did the bulk of the planting along two sides of the school. Most of the native plants were purchased from Alaska Trees in Anchorage. Some plants were mail-ordered from a native plant nursery in Montana. This fall and next spring local school students will transplant even more local species gathered from around the area. In addition to the garden, several gravel pathways and areas for benches and picnic tables were completed.
A Seward City News article really captured the community spirit that went into this project, see http://sewardcitynews.com/2013/06/growing-a-new-generation/. This article summarized the local contributions as follows. "It’s been a major community undertaking. Volunteer gardeners included The Seward Boys & Girls Club, the DaVinci Summer Science and Arts Camp, Seward Teen & Youth Center, Kenai Fjords National Park crews, a group of Master Gardeners, RBCA members, Alaska Soil & Water Conservation District, Seward Teachers, Seward Garden Club plus independent drop-in local volunteers. Dan Rough donated 60 cubic yards of topsoil, Blaine Bardarson hauled the soil for free, the City of Seward provided 36 cubic yards of wood chips, Spenard Builders Supply provided a major discount on shed materials and tools, Metco Inc., provided discounts on pine shrub removal, top soil, and gravel, and Vince Benjamin (Salmon Bake owner) donated the use of his Bobcat for two weeks."
RBCA provided all of the coordination. Matt Gray (RBCA Watershed Program Coordinator) built a tool shed and spent over three solid weeks making it all happen. Ami Wright (RBCA Stream Monitoring Coordinato) provided a lot of the native species recommendations and contributed well over a hunderd hours helping out. Here are a few photos taken durring all of this hard work.
WHO ARE DOCKWALKERS?
Dockwalkers are volunteers who inspire and educate boaters and other recreators to be environmentally sound while boating in Alaska. These volunteers distribute boater kits with educational materials while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events.
HOW DO DOCKWALKERS HELP?
The efforts of Dockwalkers increase boater awareness about clean boating, thus improving the recreation experience in Alaska while helping to preserve its precious wildlife habitat and water quality.
HOW DO I BECOME A DOCKWALKER?
People interested in becoming Dockwalkers are required to attend a free 1.5 hour training class. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits. Training in Seward will be at 5:30 PM, on the 29th of April at the new library.
For more information on Alaskan Dockwalking pilot projects and Alaska Clean Harbors, contact Rachel Lord at Rachel@inletkeeper.org or 907-235-4068-x29 The Alaska Clean Harbors website can be found at www.alaskacleanharbors.org.
In Seward call ROBIN COLLMAN Cell 907 362-3266 EMAIL email@example.com
Our watershed program
Scheffler Creek streambank restoration project
RBCA recently installed two salmon viewing platforms and rehabilitated the stream bank. More
RBCA helps with fish passage culvert replacement
In adequate culverts can prevent both spawning and juvenile salmon from swimming through them and can close off miles of otherwise good fish habitat. More.
Stewart property, floodplain lands purchase is final
This land sale will protect salmon habitat in Salmon Creek. More
Storm drain stenciling reminds residents and visitors where surface runoff ends up. More.
Surveying local streams for addition to the state’s Anadromous Waters Catalog
Listing in the Catalog provides streams an additional layer of protection. More
RBCA’s weed work summary
Invasive plants can have significant impacts to fish and wildlife habitat if not controlled. More.