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Funding Recommendations

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Not Reviewed

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: This proposal was reviewed by the Chief Scientist and not by the STAC.


Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund

Chief Scientist Comments: This is a very cost-effective proposal for "bridge funding." Funding in FY 03 will prevent loss of a year in a time-series of physical data--freshwater runoff in the Ninilchik River--that is expected to be useful in understanding differences in natural forcing. Fund, lower priority.


Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)


Executive Director Recommendation: Fund

Executive Director Comments: Fund revised proposal, which clarifies the matching funds available for the gauge's FY 03 (October 2002-September 2003) operation. The revised proposal also includes a small amount of funding to cover the costs of retrieving and processing gauge data for the period May-September 2002 and clarifies that the cost of operating the gauge during this period will be covered by the U.S. Geological Survey. This project will provide interim funding (FY 03 only) for maintenance of the Ninilchik River stream-flow gauge while a permanent, long-term funding source is sought. Cook Inlet Keeper relies on this gauge in monitoring the water quality of the Ninilchik River, which the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has rated as at high risk from nonpoint source pollution and as having a high need for data collection. Water quality is a key element in understanding the watershed and nearshore environments of the spill-impacted region and the overall health and productivity of such resources as salmon, herring, and sea otters which were seriously impacted by the oil spill.


Trustee Council Decision: Fund

Trustee Council Comments: Fund revised proposal, which clarifies the matching funds available for the gauge's FY 03 (October 2002-September 2003) operation. The revised proposal also includes a small amount of funding to cover the costs of retrieving and processing gauge data for the period May-September 2002 and clarifies that the cost of operating the gauge during this period will be covered by the U.S. Geological Survey. This project will provide interim funding (FY 03 only) for maintenance of the Ninilchik River stream-flow gauge while a permanent, long-term funding source is sought. Cook Inlet Keeper relies on this gauge in monitoring the water quality of the Ninilchik River, which the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has rated as at high risk from nonpoint source pollution and as having a high need for data collection. Water quality is a key element in understanding the watershed and nearshore environments of the spill-impacted region and the overall health and productivity of such resources as salmon, herring, and sea otters which were seriously impacted by the oil spill. [Note: Funds were approved in August 2002.]